Prolapse: What is it and how can you treat it?

Do you ever feel like something is “falling” out of your vagina? Do you have trouble with bladder or bowel control? If so, you may be suffering from a prolapse. But what is a prolapse, and how can you treat it? Keep reading to find out.

What is a Prolapse?

A prolapse is a condition in which one or more organs in the pelvis slip down from their normal position and protrude into the vagina. The organs that can be affected by prolapse include the uterus, bladder, urethra, small intestine, and rectum. Prolapse occurs when the muscles and ligaments that support these organs become weak or stretched. This can happen due to pregnancy and childbirth, menopause, aging, chronic coughing or straining, and being overweight.

Symptoms of Prolapse

The symptoms of prolapse vary depending on the organ involved. However, some common symptoms of prolapse include:

  • Feeling like something is “falling out” of your vagina
  • Vaginal discomfort or pain
  • Problems with urination or bowel movements (leaking urine or stool)
  • Sexual difficulties
  • Lower back pain
  • Tissues bulging from the vaginal opening

If you are experiencing any of these symptoms, it’s important to see your doctor so they can properly diagnose and treat your condition.

Treatment for Prolapse

Luckily, there are many treatment options available for prolapse. Some women may only need to make lifestyle changes, such as losing weight or quitting smoking. Others may require medication or surgery. The best treatment option for you will depend on the severity of your prolapse as well as other factors (such as your age and whether you want to have children in the future).

If you’re experiencing symptoms of prolapse, don’t suffer in silence—see your doctor! There are many treatment options available that can help ease your symptoms and improve your quality of life.