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Uterine or Bladder Prolapse

If the uterus (womb) or bladder slips out of position, this is referred to as a prolapse. It is caused when the supporting muscles become weak, allowing a part of the uterus or bladder to bulge into the vagina.
The most common reason that these muscles become weak is childbirth, and a uterine prolapse or bladder prolapse (also called cystocoele) is more common in women who have had a lot of babies. Symptoms include pain, heaviness in the vaginal area and a frequent need to pass urine.
In mild cases, exercises may help improve the symptoms, but women with more severe prolapses may need to have surgery. Women who do not wish surgery or wish to postpone surgery but still wish to be comfortable can have a ring pessary fitted in the vagina which are easily removed for cleaning and usually, once fitted, are not aware they are there other than that the prolapse feeling has gone.

This page was last updated at 11:50AM on February 2, 2021.