Pelvic Prolapse

A Pelvic Prolapse is when one or more of the organs of the pelvis slip from its normal position, typically to a lower position. When this happens, it causes a bulge or change into the vagina. If this happens to you, it may seem alarming, but it is often not life threatening.

It can be the womb, the bowel, or the bladder that pushes into the vagina. Sometimes, excessive changes to the skin of the vagina can mimic a prolapse but there has been no movement of the pelvic organs.

Symptoms can be improved with pelvic floor wall exercsies and lifestyle changes which may include weight loss. But, in some cases, intervention such as surgery may be required.

Some possible kinds of Prolapse

Cystocele, retocele, and enterocele are vaginal hernias

Cystocele is a hernia of the bladder wall into the vagina

Retocele is hernia of rectum into the vagina

Enterocele is a vaginal vault hernia containing intestines


–  Intestine, bladder or rectal pressure
–  Dysfuntion or changes in vagina
–  Bladder changes or dysfunction
–  Vaginal or Pelvic pressure
–  A feeling of heaviness
–  A sensation of something blocking the vagina opening or deeper within
–  Discomfort or numbness during sex
–  Sensation that you are unable to empty your bladder.


– Loss of weight
– Fiber diet
– Good lifting techniques
– Reduction in straining
– Pessaries are helpful in women who chose not to have surgery
– Surgery is curative