Vaginal Prolapse

Under normal conditions a women’s vagina is supported by pelvic muscles and tissue which keep the bladder, uterus, intestines, and rectum in position. When these tissues become weak or stretched any of these organs can drop and create a bulge in the vagina. This is known as vaginal prolapse. The symptoms of vaginal prolapse depend on which organ has dropped. Generally they include:

  • Vaginal bulge, heaviness, and pressure

  • Pain in the vagina, lower abdomen, and lower back

  • Painful sex

  • Frequent voiding

  • Incomplete bladder emptying

  • Constipation


The most appropriate vaginal prolapse treatment depends on the location and severity of the prolapse. Your Athens Area Urology urologist will perform a thorough evaluation and work with you to develop a treatment strategy that is tailored to fit you. Both non-surgical and surgical treatment options are available.