suspected prolapse

Signs and symptoms of pelvic organ prolapse

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.

A lump

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.


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  1. Gillian Palmer
    Gillian Palmer says:

    I certainly have a prolapse, which is possibly considered mild, however I am now concerned because I am now experiencing a sharp pain, which stops me in my tracks, it lasts half a min and disappears.
    This is happening more and more as I am now exercising more enthusiastically since havmg my new knee fitted 2 years ago, and am attempting to regain my previous healthy status .
    I am presuming this sharp pain is the uterus beginning to loose traction. I have had a scan to eliminate any other cause, this was found to be clear. So good news.
    However this is definitely interfering with my sex life, which is not good news.
    your comments would be greatly recd.

    • support
      support says:

      Hi Gillian, it is always worth having a second opinion or a first opinion for that matter from someone who really knows all about prolapse and how it can present. Mr Broome is very specialised in this field and he would be happy to meet with you to examine you and discuss a plan going forward. Many ladies find this very reassuring as it is often the first time that they have had the chance to speak with someone so knowledgeable. If an appointment seems the most appropriate way forward, please contact me via the website ( and I wil be able to help you. Kind regards, Catherine


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