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Mild cases of bladder or uterine prolapse usually don't cause any symptoms. A prolapse that is more advanced can cause any of the following symptoms:

  • Discomfort in the vagina, pelvis, lower abdomen, groin or lower back. The discomfort associated with prolapse often is described as a pulling or aching sensation. It can be worse during sexual intercourse or menstruation.

  • Heaviness or pressure in the vaginal area. Some women feel like something is about to fall out of the vagina.

  • A bulge of moist pink tissue from the vagina. This exposed tissue may be irritated and cause itching or small sores that can bleed.

  • Leakage of urine, which can be worse with heavy lifting, coughing, laughing or sneezing

  • Frequent urination or a frequent urge to urinate

  • Frequent urinary tract infections, because the bladder can't empty completely when you urinate

  • A need to push your fingers into your vagina, into your rectum, or against the skin near your vagina to empty your bladder or have a bowel movement

  • Difficulty having a bowel movement

  • Pain with sexual intercourse, urine leakage during sex, or an inability to have an orgasm

  • Moist discharge that soils your undergarments

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