Mild small bowel prolapse may produce no signs or symptoms. However, if you have significant prolapse, you might experience:

  • A pulling sensation in your pelvis that eases when you lie down
  • A feeling of pelvic fullness, pressure or pain
  • Low back pain that eases when you lie down
  • A soft bulge of tissue in your vagina
  • Vaginal discomfort and painful intercourse (dyspareunia)

Many women with small bowel prolapse also have related conditions, such as:

  • Posterior prolapse, also known as rectocele, when the bottom or back of the vagina bulges, often because the rectum pushes on the vaginal wall
  • Anterior prolapse, also known as cystocele, when the front of the vagina is pushed down — usually by the bladder — into the vaginal canal
  • Uterine prolapse, when the uterus pushes down into the vagina

When to see a doctor

See your doctor if you develop signs or symptoms of prolapse that bother you.

Nov. 27, 2012