Do you have pressure in your vagina or pelvis, or an enlarged/wide/gaping vaginal opening? Do you have a lump of tissue at the opening of your vagina, or recurrent urinary tract infections? Do you have difficulty emptying your bladder/bowel, or constant constipation? Is sexual intercourse painful? If you answered “yes” to one or more of these questions, you may be experiencing symptoms indicative of a female urology problem known as vaginal prolapse and it may be time to seek medical care from Academic Urology & Urogynecology of Arizona. Vaginal prolapse occurs when pelvic structures, like the bladder or rectum, bulge or protrude into the vaginal wall. There are many types of vaginal prolapse, each with a specific set of symptoms, and as many as 14 million women in the United States alone suffer from female vaginal and urological problems as a result of this condition. Academic Urology & Urogynecology of Arizona offers patients a variety of vaginal prolapse treatment options to help restore pelvic health.
There are a number of possible causes for a prolapsed vaginal wall or weakened vaginal supports, including: vaginal childbirth – particularly vaginal delivery of a large baby or multiple vaginal deliveries; menopause; weight gain; chronic cough; abnormalities of the connective tissue; prior pelvic surgery; advanced age; and chronic constipation. Women who have undergone a hysterectomy have a greater risk of experiencing vaginal prolapse problems as this procedure involves removing the uterus, an important part of the support structure at the top of the vagina. Women who have a family history of prolapse and women who lift heavy weight chronically are also at risk.