Many women have never heard of vaginal or uterine prolapse – never even seen it as a possibility. Despite this, the condition affects a significant number of people, yet probably doesn’t get the recognition it deserves. Many women will simply put their symptoms down to period and other uterus pains, growing older, or just ‘women’s problems’. Knowing your body, understanding its little intricacies, and knowing when it is trying to tell you something is important for overall health. Diagnosing a prolapse as early as possible, hopefully even in the preliminary stages, will have a direct impact on the time-frame of your recovery.
A prolapse is the culmination of the weakening of the fragile tissues in and around the reproductive area. The most common symptom is a pressure-type pain in the pelvic area, as these tissues gradually collapse.
Pain when standing
The pains associated with a vaginal or uterine prolapse are normally worse upon standing for any length of time. This is due to the effects of gravity on the damaged area, as the pelvic opening is subjected to large forces.
Alleviation of symptoms upon lying down
Similarly, marked relief from the pain and pressure is often felt upon lying down. This is due to the alleviation of gravity, and relaxation of the surrounding muscles.
Pain during intercourse
Pain during sexual intercourse should never be ignored. It can be a sign of prolapse as the damaged tissues become further aggravated.
Any changes in the size and shape of the vagina should be treated with caution. If you find a lump near the opening of your vagina, you may have a prolapse.
Enlarged vaginal opening
An enlarged vaginal opening is also a sign of trauma to the tissues above. As the canal becomes misshapen, it often has an effect lower down.
Urinary tract infections
Persistent UTIs are also a sign of tissue trauma and chemical imbalances.
Problems going to the toilet
Issues with emptying the bladder or bowels indicates a possible problem in the pelvic area. In this tightly packed region, any abnormality in the various tissues can easily have a knock-on effect.
If you suspect you have a prolapse issue, in any stage of development, don’t hesitate to contact The Pelvic Clinic today.