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Prolapse

Ever wondered what a prolapse is? What it looks like?

The word "prolapse" means to slip or fall out of place.

Various types prolapses can effect the normal use of a menstrual cup. For example: 1. The pressure of a prolapse can collapse a menstrual cup, causing it to leak. 2. A weaker vaginal wall can allow the rim or body of a menstrual cup to put pressure on your urethra, preventing urine to pass or causing discomfort. 

 

Sometimes we may recommend a shorter cup, a softer cup or a firmer cup. If you are unsure make sure you call us and we can help you find the right cup for your body type. 

 

Here are 5 of the most well known types of prolapse associated with the vagina: 

Cystocele

(SIS-toe-seel) Anterior prolapse, also known as a cystocele, occurs when the supportive tissue between a woman's bladder and vaginal wall weakens and stretches, allowing the bladder to bulge into the vagina.

Rectocele

(REK-toe-seel) A posterior vaginal wall prolapse, also called a rectocele, occurs when the thin wall of tissue that separates the rectum from the vagina weakens, allowing the vaginal wall to bulge. 

Enterocele

(En-tur-o-sel) Small bowel prolapse, also called enterocele occurs when the small intestine (small bowel) descends into the lower pelvic cavity and pushes at the top part of the vagina, creating a bulge.

Uterine Prolapse

Uterine prolapse occurs when pelvic floor muscles and ligaments stretch and weaken and no longer provide enough support for the uterus. As a result, the uterus slips down into or protrudes out of the vagina.

Vaginal Vault Prolapse

Vaginal vault prolapse occurs when the upper portion of the vagina loses its normal shape and sags or drops down into the vaginal canal or outside of the vagina.

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