Make An Appointment. When vaginal prolapse occurs, an organ has dropped prolapsed out of its normal position and can sometimes even protrude from the vagina. The definition of pelvic organ prolapse is different depending on what anatomic structure in the pelvis is pushing into the vagina, such as the bladder, uterus or rectum. When vaginal vault prolapse occurs, the upper part apex of the vagina has dropped to a lower position. It is possible for more than one organ to prolapse into the vagina at the same time. Pelvic muscles, ligaments and connective tissues which have been weakened with age are the primary causes, but many other factors may play a role.
Vaginal pressure during pregnancy: Causes and relief
During pregnancy, many women feel pressure, or heaviness, around the vagina. This is normal and can happen in the first, second, or third trimester. Her body will not only need to provide space and nutrients for a new person to develop but will have to produce an entirely new organ in the form of a placenta. With so many changes happening, it is not surprising that many women notice sudden and unusual shifts in how their bodies feel. Vaginal, pelvic, or lower abdomen pressure is common in all three trimesters of pregnancy. Read on to learn about the causes and symptoms of vaginal pressure during each stage of pregnancy, as well as treatment options and possible complications. Some may feel an intense pressure in the vagina, while others will have a dull ache throughout the pelvis, or feel like a weight is bearing down on their entire lower body.
The biggest cause of prolapse is pregnancy and birth, though a number of other factors such as family history, lifestyle and certain medical conditions can also cause prolapse. Treatment can vary from simple lifestyle changes to surgery. The biggest cause of prolapse is pregnancy and birth — almost one in two or 50 per cent of women who have been pregnant will have some kind of prolapse. Your pelvic floor is weakened during pregnancy by extra weight and hormone changes and then again when you give birth — particularly if you had more than one baby, your baby was big or you had to push for a longer time than usual. If your prolapse has moved further down and is a higher stage you may:.
The uterus and the bladder are held in their normal positions just above the inside end of the vagina by a "hammock" made up of supportive muscles and ligaments. Wear and tear on these supportive structures in the pelvis can allow the bottom of the uterus, the floor of the bladder or both to sag through the muscle and ligament layers. When this occurs, the uterus or bladder can create a bulge into the vagina. In severe cases, it is possible for the sagging uterus or bladder to work its way down far enough that the bulge can appear at the vagina's opening or even protrude from the opening.