What Are the Symptoms of Pelvic Organ Prolapse?

Reviewed by Nivin Todd, MD on May 10, 2021

Pelvic organ prolapse (POP) doesn’t always have symptoms. When it does, they depend on what kind of prolapse you have. In most cases, symptoms are mild in the morning, but get worse as the day goes on. They might include:


Your organs could be pushing on your vagina or pressing down on themselves. You might feel:

  • Pressure
  • Heaviness
  • Like you can’t empty your bladder or bowel all the way
  • Discomfort in your lower back
  • Like you’re sitting on a ball
  • Like something is bulging out of your vagina or a tampon is pushing out

Bladder Symptoms

Pelvic organ prolapse can cause some problems with your bladder and your ability to pee. You might have:

  • Leaking
  • A hard time getting pee to come out
  • A weak stream
  • Spraying pee
  • The need to lift the bulges from your vagina out of the way to pee
  • An urge to pee so often it gets in the way of your daily life
  • Urinary tract infections that keep coming back
  • A sudden, strong urge to pee

Bowel Symptoms

Pelvic organ prolapse can give you trouble with your bowels. Some symptoms include:

  • Having to push or strain to empty your bowel
  • Having to use your fingers in or around your vagina or rectum to empty your bowel
  • Pain during bowel movements
  • Losing bowel control
  • Constipation
  • Liquid stools
  • Feeling like you suddenly have to empty your bowels
  • Gas

Sexual Symptoms

This condition can also affect your sex life. You might have:

  • Pain when you have sex
  • Low desire for sex if you feel sad or embarrassed about your body
  • A feeling of looseness in your vagina
  • Dryness in your vagina

Bleeding and Discharge

If your organs or tissues are sticking out of your body, your clothes could irritate them and cause them to bleed. You might also have some discharge or mucus from the tissue that sticks out, and unpredictable or irregular bleeding from your vagina.

WebMD Medical Reference



American Urogynecologic Society: “POP Symptoms & Types.”

Mayo Clinic: “Uterine Prolapse.”

University of Virginia: “Pelvic Organ Prolapse.”

National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases: “Cystocele (Prolapsed Bladder).”

Cleveland Clinic: “Pelvic Organ Prolapse.”

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