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i have some kind of flesh that hangs out of my vagina, like swelling

By Anonymous September 9, 2009 - 9:56am
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i can't hold my urine for long, i'm 49 and haven't had a period for 3 years, and something is hanging out of my vagina, seems like swollen flesh, i'm very irritated down there.

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It sounds like your bladder..

November 10, 2009 - 10:53am
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Dear Anon

Thanks so much for your question and welcome to EmpowHer!

While we do not (and cannot) diagnose anything for any of our members or readers, the possibility that you have a prolapse is jumping out at me.

It could be a uterine prolapse, or a bladder prolapse and if it is, it may be advancing (known as a third degree prolapse) if you can feel it coming out of your vagina.

Our Encyclopedia defines a uterine prolapse as " when the uterus (womb) slips out of place and into the vaginal canal due to weakening of the muscles and ligaments of the lower abdomen (called the "pelvic floor"), which normally support the uterus and other organs in the pelvis. The severity of uterine prolapse is defined as:

* First degree (mild)—the cervix (the lower opening of the uterus into the vagina) protrudes into the lower third of the vagina
* Second degree (moderate)—the cervix protrudes past the vaginal opening
* Third degree (severe)—the entire uterus protrudes past the vaginal opening

Symptoms include
◦Sensation of fullness in the vagina
◦Sensation of pulling in the pelvis
◦Pain in the vagina, lower back, or lower abdomen
◦Vaginal discharge
◦Leakage of urine
◦Difficulty voiding urine
◦Frequent urinary tract infections
◦Protrusion of pink tissue from the vagina that may be irritated or itchy

The last symptom seems to be very similar to what you are experiencing as well as problems going to the bathroom.

EmpowHer describes a bladder prolapse as "A cystocele (bladder prolapse) occurs when part of the bladder bulges into the vagina. A rectocele occurs when part of the rectum sags into the vagina. In both conditions, the walls of the vagina weaken so they are not strong enough to support a separation between the vagina and the bladder or rectum.

There are three grades of cystocele:

* Grade 1: the mildest form, where the bladder drops only partway into the vagina
* Grade 2: a moderate form, where the bladder has sunken far enough to reach the opening of the vagina
* Grade 3: the most severe form, where the bladder sags through the opening of the vagina

Symptoms include :

In more serious cases, the symptoms of cystocele include:

◦Urine leakage while laughing, sneezing, or coughing
◦Incomplete bladder emptying after urination
◦Pain or pressure in the pelvis
◦Frequent bladder infections
◦Pain during sexual intercourse
◦Feeling of tissue bulging out of vagina

Symptoms of rectocele include:

◦Pain or pressure in the vagina
◦Pain during sexual intercourse
◦Pain or pressure in the rectum
◦Difficult passage of stool
◦Needing to apply pressure on vagina to pass stool
◦Feelings of incomplete stool passage
◦Feeling of tissue bulging out of vagina

Anon - there are many options to treat prolapses, if that's what you have. Some can be done in your doctor's office, some may need a hospital visit. You may find that a pessary inserted by your doctor can bring everything back into place or that surgery may be a better option.

Either way, please visit a doctor. You may have a prolapse or it could be something else, but whatever it is, it needs medical attention.

Please schedule an appointment for yourself and will you update us?

In the meantime, check out our bladder prolapse here : http://www.empowher.com/media/reference/cystocelerectocele#definition

and our uterine prolapse page here : http://www.empowher.com/condition/uterine-prolapse

What do you think of the information in these pages?

September 9, 2009 - 12:14pm
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