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Pelvic relaxation - uterine prolapse; Pelvic floor hernia; Prolapsed uterus
Many of the symptoms are worse when standing or sitting for long periods of time.
A pelvic examination performed while the woman is bearing down (as if trying to push out a baby) will show how far the uterus comes down.
The pelvic exam may reveal that the bladder, front wall of the vagina (cystocele), or rectum and back wall of the vagina (rectocele) are entering the vaginal area. The urethra and bladder may also be positioned lower in the pelvis than usual.
A mass may be noted on pelvic exam if a tumor is causing the prolapse (this is rare).
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