Prolapse after birth

I am 39 years old and eight weeks postpartum following my second pregnancy. I think either my bladder or my uterus has prolapsed. I don't know what it is, but there is definitely a muscle-type tissue just inside the labia. I can push on it and it moves but I feel no discomfort. It definitely was not there before! Does this happen often? I've always had very good muscle tone and practice kegels faithfully. What should I do?

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This is probably the cervix which has prolapsed into the vagina. Although it is not common, it is not a rare phenomenon.

You need to avoid bearing down so try to avoid constipation and coughing. It will probably return gradually but you need to have a provider evaluate it.

Sometimes if incontinence becomes a problem or the cervix does not return, surgery can be done to correct this. An alternative is the use of a pessary, which is a rubber doughnut shaped device that is worn like a diaphragm.

You should probably see your care provider.

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