Prolapse is often associated with older women but it's also common after childbirth. Fortunately, it usually goes away on its own as the pelvic floor muscles recover.

After giving birth, the uterus or vaginal walls may sag and bulge at the vaginal opening. This is called prolapse.

The symptoms you experience depend on the type of prolapse you have. The most common symptom is a feeling of fullness, pressure, or bulging in your pelvic area.

You may feel like something is protruding from your vagina, and/or have difficulty peeing or pooping. But sometimes prolapse has no symptoms at all. If you don't have any symptoms, no treatment is needed.

Prolapse is usually harmless but can feel uncomfortable. For most people, it gets better within a year after giving birth.

Here are a few things you can do to relieve discomfort from prolapse:

  • Train your pelvic floor muscles with kegel exercises.

  • Avoid getting constipated.

  • Avoid jumping, running and heavy lifting until you've trained your pelvic floor.

  • Contract your pelvic floor when lifting or exerting yourself physically.

Seek care at a health center or gynecological clinic if you have a lot of discomfort or if you have trouble going to the bathroom. You can also contact a physiotherapist for help with pelvic floor exercises.

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