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What are the symptoms of pelvic organ prolapse?

Pelvic organ prolapse symptoms include:

  • A feeling of heaviness and pain around your lower tummy, genital area and lower back
  • A dragging discomfort inside your vagina
  • A feeling of something coming down into your vagina
  • Seeing a bulge or lump coming out of your vagina
  • Numbness and discomfort during sex
  • Experiencing problems when you pass urine, such as feeling like your bladder is not emptying fully, needing to go to the toilet more often, or leaking a small amount of urine when you cough, sneeze or exercise (stress incontinence)

Rectal prolapse symptoms can include:

  • A lump you can feel outside your back passage.
  • The lump may only appear after you have had your bowels open (pooing).
  • The lump may come out when you stand or walk, or when cough or are sneezing.
  • A clear or slimy brown discharge coming from your bottom.
  • Not being able to control when you have your bowels open (have a poo).
  • Finding it difficult to keep yourself clean around you back passage and bottom area.
  • If the prolapse / lump stays outside of the body it can sometimes swell and get bigger, and become very painful. This is called a strangulated prolapse.

If you suspect you have a strangulated rectal prolapse go to the Accident and Emergency (A&E) department of your nearest hospital.

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