Vaginal prolapse is common among women, with over 50% reporting some degree of prolapse, usually after they enter menopause. The good news is that the condition can be treated, and even prevented, and Dr. Darren R. Tate, OB/GYN at Fort Worth Female Health Associates in Fort Worth, Texas, can tailor a plan to suit your needs.
A vaginal prolapse occurs when an organ in your pelvic area shifts because of a loss of support. Vaginal prolapse describes many types and degrees of prolapse that can occur in this region, such as:
Prolapses in the vagina are typically caused by:
Your vagina is an intricate system of muscles, ligaments, and tissue that, combined, keep your organs in place. Many of the above conditions and circumstances have a negative impact on this structure and cause it to weaken, which is what can lead to prolapse.
Symptoms of a vaginal prolapse depend upon which of your organs has shifted. That said, watch out for the following signs:
If you are feeling or experiencing any of these symptoms, make an appointment at Fort Worth Female Health Associates to get checked out.
Treatment for vaginal prolapse depends on the severity of the prolapse and which of your organs are involved. Typically, treatments can include:
If left unchecked, prolapses will usually become progressively worse, so it is important to seek treatment with Dr. Tate as soon as possible to get your quality of life back.
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