Is my vagina nor­mal?

Woman (UK) - - Health & Wellbeing -

Q Please help me. I feel like my vagina is fall­ing down in­side dur­ing the day but at night ev­ery­thing is fine. It’s not painful or un­com­fort­able, it’s like a bal­loon com­ing down. What is it?

Philippa says:

a It sounds like a pro­lapse, where the womb, cervix or top of the vagina slips down into the vagina giv­ing the sen­sa­tion you de­scribe. Other symp­toms in­clude a drag­ging sen­sa­tion or feel­ing of heav­i­ness in the vagina, and you may no­tice a bulge or lump, or dif­fi­cul­ties go­ing to the toi­let. You are more likely to de­velop a pro­lapse if you are over­weight, have had mul­ti­ple preg­nan­cies, dif­fi­cult de­liv­er­ies or have chronic con­sti­pa­tion. Visit your GP, who will ex­am­ine you. If the pro­lapse is mild it may be man­aged with pelvic floor ex­er­cises. If it is caus­ing symp­toms then your GP may re­fer you to a wo­man’s health phys­io­ther­a­pist, pre­scribe hor­monal treat­ment or re­fer you to a gy­nae­col­o­gist.

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