Pelvic organ prolapse is when 1 or more of the organs in the pelvis slip down from their normal position and bulge into the vagina. It can be the womb (uterus), bowel, bladder or top of the vagina. A prolapse is not life threatening, but it can cause pain and discomfort.
Prolapse of the front wall is called a cystocele, prolapse of the back wall is called a rectocele. Symptoms of a prolapse include feeling of a bulge, pressure, dragging or the feeling that 'something coming down'. These will be more prominent at the end of the day because of the hours of downward pressure, which is relieved when you lie down
Symptoms can usually be improved with pelvic floor exercises. It is always important to discuss your symptoms with your GP who should refer you to a Gynaecologist or Pelvic Health Physiotherapist.