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Uterine and vaginal prolapse clinic in Manchester at The Alexandra Hospital
Prolapses happen in different stages, which are referred to as:
Up to 30% of women who have had children are affected by some degree of prolapse. It is more common as women become older, particularly in those who have gone through the menopause.
It is rare in women who have not had children.
Prolapse is also associated with being overweight and with having a persistent cough (reference NHS Choices).
The majority of women who have a prolapse will experience an uncomfortable feeling of fullness, dragging or heaviness in the vagina and sometimes there may be pain.
There may be the sensation of something coming down or out of the vagina and if the prolapse is a second or third degree prolapse, the uterus can actually be seen.
Other symptoms include:
Stress incontinence can also be a symptom of uterine prolapse.
The consultant gynaecologist is able to diagnose a second or third-degree prolapse without internal examination as the uterus can be seen outside the opening of the vagina.
The following are often causes a prolapse of the uterus:
Pelvic floor exercises can help strengthen the muscles and aid recovery following pelvic surgery. They can also reduce symptoms such as leaking urine and backache.
Women who are going through the menopause may benefit from HRT.
HRT will increase the levels of collagen, which is a natural protein that supports skin, bone and tissue and the hormone oestrogen, and may help strengthen the vaginal walls and pelvic floor muscles.
HRT (oestrogen) cream or pessary can be inserted into the vagina and may be recommended by the consultant gynaecologist.
A vaginal pessary can be inserted into the vagina in order to hold the uterus in place.
Pessaries are recommended for more severe prolapses and the consultant gynaecologist will remove the pessary every three to six months and replace it with a new one.
Several types of surgical procedures can be carried out in order to treat a severe prolapse including:
A hysterectomy is a major procedure carried out to completely remove the uterus and is considered to be one of the most effective treatments for uterine prolapse.
If you are paying for yourself, we can usually offer an upfront cost which you can then choose to pay in full or access one of our easy payment options.
If you have insurance, we can arrange direct settlement with your insurance provider, although you should check in advance to see if your treatment is covered. For more information, visit our private medical insurance page.