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Pelvic organ prolapse is commonly linked to strain during childbirth. It occurs when a pelvic organ, like bladder, falls from its normal location in the body and pushes against the walls of the vagina. This happens when the muscles holding the organ in place get weak or stretch. A prolapsed organ is painful and uncomfortable but is usually not a serious health risk. For some women, the prolapse resolves itself over time. The most common organs likely to prolapse include the bladder, urethra, uterus, vagina, small bowel and rectum.
There are nonsurgical and surgical treatment options. Organ prolapse symptoms can include feeling pressure against your vaginal wall, feeling full in your lower belly, feeling as if something is falling out of your vagina, painful sex and constipation. Taking preventative measures is key, including doing Kegel exercises, maintaining a healthy weight and eating foods high in fiber to avoid constipation.