Dr. Nina Casanova spoke with Share Care about what every woman should know about vaginal prolapse. Pelvic organ prolapse, often called vaginal prolapse, happens when the tissues at the base of a woman’s abdomen weaken or relax. These tissues normally hold up important structures like the bladder, uterus and rectum. Those organs can drop down from their original positions and press against the vagina. In some cases, they drop into the vagina and may bulge out through the vaginal opening.
“Women need to know that if vaginal prolapse is bothersome, they don’t have to live with it,” says Casanova. “I see a lot of women taking care of everybody else before themselves and not addressing their own needs—even though treatment can make their lives so much better.”