"Vaginal Relaxation" is a common condition suffered by women who have undergone vaginal childbirth. Vaginal relaxation refers mostly to the loss of vaginal tone of the vaginal supporting structures. Symptoms of vaginal relaxation become progressively noticeable and bothersome when a woman approaches menopause and post-menopausal age.
Some specialists are under the notion that a disruption (rather than stretching) of the vaginal ligaments during childbirth is responsible for the women with vaginal relaxation.
Symptoms of vaginal relaxation may include a protrusion or "falling" feeling in a woman's vagina. Other symptoms can include low back pain, painful intercourse, difficulty initiating stool or urination, stress urinary incontinence, and pelvic pain or pressure.
What is a Vaginal Vault Prolapse?
The vaginal vault is the area at the top of the vagina, next to the cervix. It can only "fall" or descend downwards toward the entrance of the vagina, after a woman's womb has undergone a hysterectomy. Vaginal Vault Prolapse may occur in about 15% of women who have had a hysterectomy.
What is Pelvic Organ Prolapse?
Pelvic Organ Prolapse is a common condition, particularly among older women. It's estimated that over half of women who have children may experience some form of Pelvic Organ Prolapse later on in life. Many women, perhaps due to sexually inactivity, fail to continue receiving their annual pelvic exams and don't seek help from their doctor. Therefore, the actual number of women affected by Pelvic Organ Prolapse is unknown.
What is a Prolapsed Uterus?
A Prolapsed Uterus refers to a collapsed uterus or other change in the position of the uterus in relation to the surrounding structures within the pelvis. The pelvis contains many soft tissue structures vital to normal body functions- soft tissues of the pelvis derive their ultimate support from the bony pelvis.