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Prolapsed Vagina Overview

Another name for Prolapsed Vagina is Vaginal Prolapse.

What is vaginal prolapse?
A woman with vaginal prolapse has weakness in the muscles and ligaments that support the uterus and vagina in the pelvis. This weakness allows the walls of the vagina to fall from the normal position in the pelvis, and slide through the vaginal opening. Eventually, uterine prolapse may occur. Vaginal prolapse can be a normal result of aging, but it is more common in women who have had multiple pregnancies. About 2 out 10 women experience vaginal prolapse.

What are the symptoms of vaginal prolapse?
Symptoms of vaginal prolapse include vaginal pain, vaginal discharge, vaginal swelling and vaginal itching. Additional symptoms include pain during urination, increased urinary frequency, and urinary incontinence.

How does the doctor treat vaginal prolapse?
Treatment for vaginal prolapse may include a device that is inserted into the vagina to help support the uterus, vaginal suspension surgery, or a hysterectomy.

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Last Updated: Feb 12, 2010 References
Authors: Stephen J. Schueler, MD; John H. Beckett, MD; D. Scott Gettings, MD
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PubMed Prolapsed Vagina References
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