Apr 152011

Vaginas can prolapse, but what does that mean? Vaginal prolapse happen when part of the vagina is either squished by other organs or protrudes from the vaginal opening. Most of the time it happens to women who have given birth, do heavy lifting, or have chronic constipation. Up to half of women can be affected over their lifetimes. More general information about vaginal prolapse, including treatment options, available here.

Vaginal prolapse can also happen in transsexuals. A new study surveyed 55 transsexuals (52 transwomen and 3 transmen) and found that four of them had vaginal prolapse; two needed surgery. That is about 7.2% – so transsexuals had fewer prolapses. Even so, transwomen and transmen need to be aware that both vaginas and neovaginas (warning: link contains graphic images) can prolapse.

You can see a review of the research here, and the original article here.

  3 Responses to “Vaginal prolapse”

  1. I think the fact that one of the four people surveyed who had vaginal prolapse was a trans male. Of course, the number of transsexuals in the study with vaginal prolapse was far too small to establish a statistically significant ratio.

    I’m actually surprised that anyone would consider the fact that a surgically created vagina could prolapse surprising. I’m more surprised that the prolapse rate was lower. Perhaps it has to do with the dilation regimen keeping it open and in the right shape. Maybe studying cis females with vaginal prolapse and what sex toys they use could shine some light on this? Lack of a large dildo as a risk factor in vaginal prolapse might actually be plausible.

  2. Your use of “Ewww” is not helpful to anyone already dealing with this condition and possibly feeling self-conscious or worse. Please edit and have some respect.

    • Mabry,

      My apologies! The article has now been updated. I very much appreciate the time you took to comment, and hope you find future articles much more respectful.


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