SYMPTOMS 2017-09-19T06:24:16+00:00

Symptoms and Signs

BLADDER SYMPTOMS

  • Sensation of pressure, fullness, heaviness or a sensation of a bulge or protrusion in the vaginal area;
  • Having the need to urinate often with or without leakage;

  • Unable to make it to the toilet on time;

  • Weak or prolonged urinary stream;

INTERCOURSE

  • Painful sexual intercourse;
  • Loss of vaginal sensation;
  • Vaginal flatus;
  • Obstruction in the vagina;

BOWEL SYMPTOMS

  • Urgency of stool movement
  • Incontinence of flatus or stool;
  • The need to apply digital pressure to the perineum or posterior vaginal wall to enable defecation;

Types of Pelvic Organ Prolapse

Prolapse can occur in the anterior, middle or posterior compartment of the pelvis. Pelvic organ prolapse can be symptomatic, affecting the functions of the bladder, vagina and/or bowel. Signs include physical abnormalities, such as something protruding through the vagina or anus.

These can be classified as:

  • Cystocoele: a prolapse of the bladder into the vagina

  • Uterine prolapse: a descent of the uterus into the vagina
  • Vaginal top prolapse: a descent of the vaginal top after a hysterectomy

  • Rectoceole: prolapse of the rectum into the vagina

  • Entroceole: herniation of small intestine into the vagina

  • Anal sphincter defects