A feeling of pelvic organs bulging (prolapse) into your vagina or increased pelvic pressure with movement is a symptom of female genital prolapse, which is experienced almost entirely by adult women. Although many women who have pelvic organ prolapse do not have symptoms, the most common and bothersome symptom is bulging of the uterus into the vagina or outside of the body. Other common symptoms include:
Symptoms of pelvic organ prolapse are made worse by standing, jumping, and lifting and usually are relieved by lying down.
Female genital prolapse is caused most commonly by pregnancy, labor, and childbirth. It also can be related to diseases that cause increased pressure in the abdomen, such as obesity, respiratory problems with a long-lasting (chronic) cough, constipation, and pelvic organ cancers. Pelvic organ prolapse can occur after hysterectomy.
Last Revised: September 6, 2011
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