Pregnancy, childbirth, obesity, and other processes that put pressure on pelvic organs or tissues can lead to a vaginal bulge or prolapse. The organs don’t actually come into the vagina, they just push onto the vaginal wall, creating a bulge or ball.

A small prolapse may cause no apparent change or symptoms. However, if the back wall of the vagina (posterior vaginal prolapse) is large, it may create a noticeable bulge of tissue through the vaginal opening. This bulge may be uncomfortable, but it’s rarely painful. Uncomfortable symptoms may include:

  • Difficulty having a bowel movement
  • Sensation of rectal pressure or fullness
  • A feeling that the rectum has not completely emptied after a bowel movement
  • Sexual concerns, such sensing looseness in the tone of your vaginal tissue

If addressed in a timely manner, mild to moderate posterior vaginal bulge may be alleviated without surgery.

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