Could That Heavy, Falling Sensation Be Vaginal Prolapse?
Prolapse is a common problem for females of all ages, worldwide. Yet prolapse is one of those conditions that many women are way too embarrassed to talk about, even with their closest friends.
Some can’t even discuss prolapse with their doctor, choosing instead to put up with light bladder leakage, discomfort, a poor sex life and low self esteem rather than get help, advice and treatment.
For many women, the symptoms of vaginal prolapse can be terrifying. For some it feels like their insides are literally falling out. While for others, vaginal prolapse feels like a bulging lump or simply a heavy feeling of pressure in the vagina and pelvis.
Sound familiar? Then read on and you may discover that you have garden-variety vaginal prolapse. Luckily, a prolapse can usually be fixed with regular pelvic floor exercises , a special pessary inserted by your doctor, or a relatively simple surgery if it’s an advanced and more serious case of prolapse. Your GP may also suggest you visit a physiotherapist who specialises in vaginal prolapse.
Vaginal prolapse: a common condition with unwelcome side effects
Up to half of all women develop some type of vaginal prolapse in their lifetime, usually following childbirth, menopause or a hysterectomy. It used to be a taboo subject, and even today many women are too scared and ashamed to seek medical help or even talk about it with their partners or close friends.
Your embarrassment may be made worse by some of the other symptoms, which include:
- Urinary stress incontinence
- Light bladder leakage
- Difficulty emptying your bladder or bowel
- Aching discomfort in the pelvic region that intensifies with exercise or with long periods standing up
- Bulging in either the front vaginal wall with the bladder in front of it or the back vaginal wall with the rectum immediately behind
- The opening of the vagina may gape, so tampons don’t stay in, and water rushes in when you bathe, or go for a swim or spa
- Urinary tract infections
- Dull backache
- Decrease in pain or pressure when lying down
- Pain during sex or difficult penetration. Loss of pelvic tone can also cause a decrease in sensation and difficulty getting aroused
- For many women, symptoms get worse just before their period starts. In some women there are no symptoms at all, with the prolapse only being diagnosed during a routine checkup by their doctor.