Diagnosis of Vaginal Prolapse

Diagnosis of vaginal prolapse involves taking a medical history and performing a physical examination. In more severe cases, diagnostic and imaging tests may be used to further assess the condition.

A pelvic examination often is performed with the patient bearing down (straining as if to have a bowel movement). The patient may be examined while lying down, while sitting upright, and/or while standing.

Diagnostic tests may include bladder function tests (urodynamic testing) and imaging tests, such as ultrasound and magnetic resonance imaging (MRI scan). Cystourethroscopy, or cystoscopy may be performed to allow the physician to examine the inside of the lower urinary tract.

Publication Review By: Amy Stein Wood, MPT, BCIA-PMDB, Stanley J. Swierzewski, III, M.D.

Published: 27 Apr 2006

Last Modified: 13 Oct 2015