(Pelvic Floor Relaxation)
- First degree—collapse into the upper part of the vagina
- Second degree—collapse further into the vaginal canal, down to the level of the vaginal opening
- Third degree—collapse that extends beyond the opening
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- Pelvic pressure
- A feeling of vaginal fullness or heaviness
- A feeling of pulling in the pelvis
- Vaginal discomfort
- Urinary urgency and frequency
- Urination when laughing, sneezing, coughing, or exercising
- Difficult or painful intercourse
- Low backache that is relieved with lying down
American Congress of Obstetricians and Gynecologists http://www.acog.org
US Department of Health and Human Services Women's Health http://www.womenshealth.gov
Canadian Women's Health Network http://www.cwhn.ca
Society of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists of Canada http://www.sogc.org
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- Reviewer: Andrea Chisholm; Brian Randall, MD
- Review Date: 04/2013 -
- Update Date: 04/22/2013 -
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