HCA Midwest Health - October 31, 2017

Does it feel like your bladder is going to fall out?

Pelvic organ prolapse is kind of a herniation of the organs that are supported by the vagina. Prolapse occurs when these organs protrude into the vaginal canal. The protruding organ could be the bladder, the small intestine, the uterus, or the rectum.

Symptoms can include:

  • pressure in the vagina
  • something protruding through the opening of the vagina
  • dryness
  • incontinence of urine or stool
  • urgency of urination
  • difficulty initiating the flow of urination
  • trouble emptying all the way
  • needing to double void in order to empty (go to the bathroom and then go again 20 to 30 minutes later)
  • needing to give support to the bladder or rectum, in order to eliminate completely
  • vaginal ulceration/bleeding
  • recurrent bladder infections
  • recurrent yeast or bacterial infections of the vagina
  • painful intercourse
  • difficulty with insertion during intercourse
  • constipation
  • hemorrhoids
  • kidney disease

To find out for sure if you have pelvic prolapse, see an Ob-Gyn who deals with prolapse regularly or a urogynecologist. To find a doctor, call (816) 751-3000.

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