Some women with a pelvic organ prolapse don't have any symptoms and the condition is only discovered during an internal examination for another reason, such as a cervical screening. See your GP if you have any of the symptoms of a prolapse, or if you notice a lump in or around your vagina. Your doctor will need to carry out an internal pelvic examination. They'll ask you to undress from the waist down and lie back on the examination bed, while they feel for any lumps in your pelvic area.
Uterine And Bladder Prolapse
Opening Up About Vaginal Prolapse | Duke Health
Sickle cell disease in newborns and children: What families should know and do. The uterus and the bladder are held in their normal positions just above the inside end of the vagina by a "hammock" made up of supportive muscles and ligaments. Wear and tear on these supportive structures in the pelvis can allow the bottom of the uterus, the floor of the bladder or both to sag through the muscle and ligament layers. When this occurs, the uterus or bladder can create a bulge into the vagina. In severe cases, it is possible for the sagging uterus or bladder to work its way down far enough that the bulge can appear at the vagina's opening or even protrude from the opening.
Opening Up About Vaginal Prolapse
Pelvic organ prolapse POP occurs when the tissue and muscles of the pelvic floor no longer support the pelvic organs resulting in the drop prolapse of the pelvic organs from their normal position. The pelvic organs include the vagina, cervix, uterus, bladder, urethra, and rectum. The bladder is the most commonly involved organ in pelvic organ prolapse. Many women with Pelvic Organ Prolapse have no symptoms at all, however some women may experience one or more of the following:.
While the spirit may be resilient, the tissue that holds the pelvic organs in place can have a hard time standing up to the demands. Over time, these tissues stretch and become weak. When they do, the bladder, small bowel, rectum or uterus can slip down toward the vagina—a condition known as pelvic organ prolapse POP. Discovering your organs are out of place can be alarming!