Where’s the Support?
The term “vaginal prolapse” in itself sounds serious, and with good reason. Not many women want to confront the question and ask their doctor, “What is a vaginal prolapse?” But in order to understand the condition and know their own risk of suffering from a prolapsed vagina, women need to become more aware that the condition exists and be able to recognize some of the symptoms associated with a prolapsed vaginal wall.
The Hold Up
Vaginal prolapse is a medical condition addressed often by specialists in urogynecology, as many women find themselves increasingly at risk when they age. The condition itself, also commonly referred to as pelvic organ prolapse, occurs when the network of skin, ligaments, and muscles in and around the vagina become weakened or even break and can no longer provide the necessary support to keep the pelvic organs and tissues in their proper place. Depending on the severity of the issue, a urogynecologist may feel the need to conduct vaginal prolapse surgery to repair the prolapse and reverse the damage through pelvic reconstruction, as leaving the situation unattended may result in further damage if the organs begin to prolapse further into the vagina or even through the vaginal opening.
The most commonly experienced symptoms of vaginal prolapse relate not only to sexual function, but can also cause such complications as defecatory dysfunction, urinary incontinence, and pelvic pain due to the various organs that the condition affects.
In fact, there are actually multiple types of vaginal prolapse, including:
- Rectocele, a prolapse of the rectum which occurs when the rectal wall pushes against the weakened back vaginal wall and creates a bulge.
- Cystocele, a prolapsed bladder which is the result of a weakening of the front wall of the vagina. Many patients with cystocele often experience stress urinary incontinence.
- Uterine prolapse, which occurs when the ligaments at the top of the vagina can no longer support the uterus and allow it to fall.
- Enterocele, which involves the small bowel and generally occurs after a hysterectomy. The condition itself results when the front and back walls of the vagina separate and allow the intestine to push against the skin of the vagina.
Some of the most common causes of vaginal prolapse include childbirth, menopause, and surgeries to the pelvic organs such as a hysterectomy. Naturally, a consultation with a specialist will be needed to properly diagnose the condition, so any concerns should be brought to the attention of a medical professional.
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