Although many women who have
pelvic organ prolapse do not have symptoms, the most
common and bothersome symptom is pressing of the
uterus or other organs against the vaginal wall. The
pressure on your vagina may cause minor discomfort or problems in how your
pelvic organs work. Symptoms of pelvic organ prolapse include:
A feeling of pelvic pressure.
A feeling as if something is actually falling out of the
A pulling or stretching in the groin area or a low
Spotting or bleeding from the vagina.
Urinary problems, such as involuntary release of urine (incontinence) or a frequent or urgent need to urinate,
especially at night.
Problems with bowel movements, such as constipation or needing
to support the back (posterior) of the vaginal wall to have a bowel
Symptoms of pelvic organ prolapse are made worse by
standing, jumping, and lifting and usually are relieved by lying down.
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WebMD Medical Reference from Healthwise
March 12, 2014
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