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What are the symptoms of pelvic organ prolapse?

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Some women notice nothing at all, but others report these symptoms with pelvic organ prolapse:

Symptoms depend somewhat on which organ is drooping. If the bladder prolapses, urine may leak. If it's the rectum, you can have constipation and uncomfortable intercourse. A backache as well as uncomfortable intercourse often goes with a small intestine prolapse and uterine prolapse.

  • A feeling of pressure or fullness in the pelvic area
  • A backache low in the back
  • Painful intercourse
  • A feeling that something is falling out of the vagina
  • Urinary problems such as leaking of urine or a chronic urge to urinate
  • Constipation
  • Spotting or bleeding from the vagina

From: Pelvic Organ Prolapse WebMD Medical Reference

SOURCES: WebMD Health Guide: "Pelvic Organ Prolapse." Magee-Womens Research Institute Center for Research in Women's Bladder & Pelvic Health, Pittsburgh, Pa: "Pelvic Organ Prolapse." National Institutes of Health's National Institute of Child Health & Human Development: "Research on Gynecological Disorders."  National Association for Continence: "Pelvic Organ Prolapse."



Reviewed by Traci C. Johnson on January 29, 2019

SOURCES: WebMD Health Guide: "Pelvic Organ Prolapse." Magee-Womens Research Institute Center for Research in Women's Bladder & Pelvic Health, Pittsburgh, Pa: "Pelvic Organ Prolapse." National Institutes of Health's National Institute of Child Health & Human Development: "Research on Gynecological Disorders."  National Association for Continence: "Pelvic Organ Prolapse."



Reviewed by Traci C. Johnson on January 29, 2019

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