Are you losing small amounts of urine after a sneeze? Do you feel an uncomfortable pressure in your pelvic area? You may have vaginal prolapse, which is when your pelvic organs fall into the vagina. West Coast Obstetrics & Gynecology in Bradenton, Florida, provides treatment for vaginal prolapse to relieve symptoms and improve vaginal health. Call today or schedule an appointment online.
Vaginal prolapse, also referred to as pelvic prolapse, is a condition in which your pelvic organs, which includes the uterus, bladder, bowel, or urethra, fall into your vagina. There are several different types of vaginal prolapse, including:
The strain on your muscles childbirth causes, loss of muscle tone due to aging, or excessive pushing from chronic constipation may cause vaginal prolapse.
You may not experience any symptoms with a vaginal prolapse and may only discover that you have the condition after a routine pelvic exam.
However, some women experience:
To confirm that you have vaginal prolapse, your OB/GYN may recommend additional testing such as a pelvic floor strength test to measure the strength and function of your pelvic floor muscles or bladder function test to assess your bladder’s ability to hold urine.
The team at West Coast Obstetrics & Gynecology may initiate treatment for your vaginal prolapse with pelvic muscle training, which includes specialized exercises that strengthen the pelvic muscles to improve support.
If the exercises can’t improve your vaginal prolapse, your OB/GYN may insert a pessary, which is a ring inserted into your vagina to hold your prolapse in place.
Surgery is an option if conservative measures fail or your vaginal prolapse is affecting your quality of life. The team may be able to repair your prolapse with laparoscopic or robotic surgery, which are both minimally invasive procedures.
If you have concerns about vaginal prolapse, making a few lifestyle changes may prevent the condition. This includes:
For medical management of vaginal prolapse, call West Coast Obstetrics & Gynecology or schedule an appointment using the online booking button.