I feel like my vagina no longer looks like one. And im embarressed and fearful to be in a relationship. (photo)
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Prolapse issues and effects on vaginal appearance
Prolapse and sagging of the vaginal walls, bladder, etc is the product of damage to the pelvic floor support system. It is not life-threatening, but can create discomfort and difficulty with urination, bowel movements and sex. It best treated by pelvic reconstructive surgery. This is usually performed by gynecologists and urogynecologists.
Vagina doesnt look right
There are different surgical approaches to repairing pelvic organ prolapse. The abdominal approach has been proven to be the most successful for the bladder and the uterus, however many surgeons just try to repair everything through the vagina, and in many cases in the past would use vaginal mesh for this type of repair, which had a high risk of complications. We recommend a laparoscopic approach to treat the prolapse and then we repair the vaginal caliber and appearance with a vaginal approach at the same time. The laparoscopic approach uses mini incisions in the abdomen and keeps it an outpatient type procedure, however maintains the advantages and cure rates of the abdominal approach.
Best of luck to you, but again, be very careful in who you choose to be your surgeon as your case is much more complex than just a cosmetic issue.
Dr Robert D Moore, FACOG, FACS, FPMRS
Urogynecology/ Cosmetic Vaginal Surgery
Atlanta - Beverly Hills - Dubai
What is bulging from my vagina? I am fearful to be a relationship.
As far as appearance, I think the "white flower shape swirl tissue" you are referring to is the anterior remnants of your hymenal ring. This is bulging out more because of the bladder prolapse. This would be fixed at time of bladder repair.
Its not uncommon for women to desire surgical correction of their bodies before they resume sexual relationships. Depending upon your symptoms this may not be a cosmetic operation but strictly surgical correction of pelvic organ prolapse. The subspecialty of Female Pelvic Medicine and Reconstructive Surgery or Urogynecology are the surgeons that address pelvic organ prolapse. You can also have cosmetic issues addressed as well during surgical repair of pelvic organ prolapse. Good luck.
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