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Vaginal Prolapse Information Sheets

This condition refers to the bulging or herniation of one or more pelvic organs into or out of the vagina. The pelvic organs consist of the uterus, vagina, bowel and bladder. Pelvic organ prolapse occurs when the muscles, ligaments and fascia (a network of supporting tissue) that hold these organs in their correct positions become weakened.

Symptoms include:

  • a heavy dragging feeling in the vagina or lower back
  • feeling of a lump in the vagina or outside the vagina
  • urinary symptoms such as slow urinary stream, a feeling of incomplete bladder emptying, urinary frequency or urgent desire to pass urine, and urinary stress incontinence
  • bowel symptoms, such as difficulty moving the bowel or a feeling of not emptying properly, or needing to press on the vaginal wall to empty the bowel
  • discomfort during sexual intercourse

These UGSA information sheets are intended to be used as a guide for information of general nature, having regard to general circumstances.

Each sheet reflects information available at the time of its preparation, but its currency should be determined having regard to other available information. UGSA disclaims all liability to users of the information provided.