What is uterovaginal prolapse?

A uterovaginal prolapse is when your pelvic floor muscles become weak and aren’t able to support your uterus, bladder or bowel.

As a result, these structures slip down into the vagina. If you have uterovaginal prolapse, you might feel a sensation like something is coming down or out of your vagina.

Common symptoms can include pain, a heavy or dragging sensation, recurring urinary tract infections, and difficulty completely emptying your bladder or bowel, and urinary incontinence.

Our treatment options for uterovaginal prolapse

There are both surgical and non-surgical treatments for uterovaginal prolapse. Non-surgical treatments can include lifestyle changes and exercises designed to minimise pressure on your pelvic floor and strengthen these muscles.

Another option is a device called a vaginal pessary. The pessary supports the vaginal wall and pushes the prolapsing structure back into place.

A pessary is a removable device that fits inside your vagina and is a less complicated option than surgery. It is changed every 6 to 9 months.

Vaginal surgery can help to repair the prolapse. The surgery involves moving the prolapsing organs back to where they belong and strengthening the tissues that keep them in place.

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