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Vaginal Prolapse

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Vaginal prolapse occurs when the wall of the vagina expands or bulges outward. It can cause the vagina to push against the rectum (rectocele), bladder (cystocele), or small bowel (enterocele). 

Vaginal prolapse can have many uncomfortable symptoms, including:

Vaginal prolapse is more common with age and after childbirth. Other risk factors include smoking, obesity, chronic coughing, or chronic constipation. The experts at the University of Miami Health System can help determine that cause of your vaginal prolapse and provide personalized treatment options. 

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  • Physical Therapy

    Pelvic floor exercises can help strengthen the muscles and ligaments that support your vagina.

  • Pessary

    A pessary is a small ring that can be inserted into the vagina to hold the prolapsed area in place.

  • Laparoscopic Colporrhaphy

    Laparoscopic colporrhaphy is a minimally invasive procedure used to tighten the walls of the vagina. It has minimal scarring and faster recovery time when compared to traditional surgery.

  • Surgery

    Your urologist or urogynecologist can perform procedures to treat symptoms of vaginal prolapse, including urinary incontinence. They can place mesh slings to support the bladder or vagina. Surgery is only used if more conservative treatments like physical therapy do not work. 


  • Pelvic Exam

    Your doctor may examine your vagina and pelvis to identify vaginal prolapse.

  • Pelvic Floor Strength Tests

    During these tests, your doctor tests the strength of your pelvic muscles. These muscles help control urination and bowel movements and support your uterus, bladder, and bowel.

  • Bladder Function Test

    During bladder function tests, your doctor tests how well your bladder can store urine, how much urine it can store, and how well you can dispose of urine. 

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