WARNING: The Embarrassing Bodies website contains images of an explicit medical nature and nudity in a medical context.

Embarrassing Fat Bodies Episode 2

Vaginal Prolapse

First up this week is Elaine, who is concerned that she gets pain during sex and also has problems controlling her bladder. Dr Pixie identifies a Vaginal Prolapse as the problem, which is when the muscles and ligaments that hold the pelvic organs are weakened or damaged and the vaginal walls move. In Elaine’s case this has been caused by having had 3 children and being overweight. The prolapse is also preventing Elaine from exercising in order to lose her excess weight. Dr Pixie recommends that Elaine sees a gynaecologist, who explains that Elaine has a prolapse on the back wall of her vagina that is causing the rectum to bulge into it – this is called a Rectocele. Elaine has the Rectocele and her incontinence fixed in a double operation, which will allow her to start exercising and losing weight.

The EB team would like to thank:

Marc Craig, Cognitive Hypnotherapist
Spire Southampton Hospital

Channel 4 is not responsible for the content of external websites

  1. Vaginal Prolapse Vaginal Prolapse
  2. Morbid Obesity Morbid Obesity
  3. Breast Reduction Breast Reduction
  4. BMI Test BMI Test
  5. Excessive Sweating & Skin Excessive Sweating & Skin
  6. Fat Family Fat Family
  7. Internal Fat Internal Fat
  8. Cholesterol Clinic Cholesterol Clinic

Comments and Questions

Comments & Questions are now archived, but if you see anything on the site that worries you, please report it and one of our moderators will look at it as soon as possible.
Please note: Unfortunately Channel 4 cannot respond to individual inquiries. If you have any concerns, you can check out NHS Choices, but ultimately it is always best to check with a health professional.

my doctor said i weigh a ton n a half biches





This will be published. Surnames, nicknames or usernames are not allowed


Your email address will be kept confidential and will NOT be published – it is only being collected here in case Channel 4 need to contact you in relation to your comment.


Please don’t swear or be rude in your comments, as they will not be added to the site. Please do not use your full name when posting comments. If in doubt, refer to the community guidelines

By posting on this website you are agreeing to abide by our community guidelines

can i be refused an operation on nhs for prolapse due to obesity, 14 stone female





This will be published. Surnames, nicknames or usernames are not allowed


Your email address will be kept confidential and will NOT be published – it is only being collected here in case Channel 4 need to contact you in relation to your answer.


Please don't swear or be rude in your answers, as they will not be added to the site. Please do not use your full name when posting answers. If in doubt, refer to the community guidelines

Questions submitted to the site will be answered by other site users, not by medical professionals, so if you have a medical concern, please book an appointment with your GP.

By posting on this website you are agreeing to abide by our community guidelines

how can i clear strech mark on my body





This will be published. Surnames, nicknames or usernames are not allowed


Your email address will be kept confidential and will NOT be published – it is only being collected here in case Channel 4 need to contact you in relation to your comment.


Please don’t swear or be rude in your comments, as they will not be added to the site. Please do not use your full name when posting comments. If in doubt, refer to the community guidelines

By posting on this website you are agreeing to abide by our community guidelines

dont bother having a tvt op or tot op as they are very risky and will ruin your life mesh is very dangerous and i think the surgeons need to warn people !!!! dont let anyone mess with these sensitive areas with mesh believe me





This will be published. Surnames, nicknames or usernames are not allowed


Your email address will be kept confidential and will NOT be published – it is only being collected here in case Channel 4 need to contact you in relation to your comment.


Please don’t swear or be rude in your comments, as they will not be added to the site. Please do not use your full name when posting comments. If in doubt, refer to the community guidelines

By posting on this website you are agreeing to abide by our community guidelines

I had a TVT Teflon Vaginal Tape done about 9 years ago, it was the best thing I have ever done, before that I couldnt lift run up stairs cough or sneeze without wetting myself, it wasnt just a little dribble it was a full flood, since having it done life has returned to normal, I cant speak for everyone but it has worked for me.

Hello... I was 24 stone a couple of years ago and knew I was uncontrollable around food which scared me as I had a little boy and was petrified I was going to eat myself into an early grave. I asked for help with a gastric band and was rejected which then left me feeling desperate and so I took out a loan to pay for the operation which I am still paying for now. Only thing is I've lost almost 14 stone and I having sagging skin around my thighs and my breasts look like spaniels ears. I have felt so ugly for years that I have been on my own for 6 years now as im afraid to let anyone see me. I have been a single mum since pregnancy and struggled to pay for my band but now im left miserable because of my sagging body. I try not to look at myself too often and hope it will just go away but I know deep down as I get older it will probably look even uglier. I am only 36 and scared that this will lead me to be alone for years to come. Does anyone know of any links or places where I could attempt to get some help, I would very much appreciate it... thank you





This will be published. Surnames, nicknames or usernames are not allowed


Your email address will be kept confidential and will NOT be published – it is only being collected here in case Channel 4 need to contact you in relation to your comment.


Please don’t swear or be rude in your comments, as they will not be added to the site. Please do not use your full name when posting comments. If in doubt, refer to the community guidelines

By posting on this website you are agreeing to abide by our community guidelines

hey, i am just abaut to do gastric baypass surgery, have booked on 21 of july, cant wait!!! i am not afraid at all abaut extra skin, i think its mach better some extra skin than extra fat.. :) enjoy being slim!!!

need help to lose weight! i have tryed everything but its not shifting off :( i've been to doc's loads of time they just give me diet pills but they dont work either





This will be published. Surnames, nicknames or usernames are not allowed


Your email address will be kept confidential and will NOT be published – it is only being collected here in case Channel 4 need to contact you in relation to your answer.


Please don't swear or be rude in your answers, as they will not be added to the site. Please do not use your full name when posting answers. If in doubt, refer to the community guidelines

Questions submitted to the site will be answered by other site users, not by medical professionals, so if you have a medical concern, please book an appointment with your GP.

By posting on this website you are agreeing to abide by our community guidelines

It's a risky kinda thing but watch your calorie intake. You want to get to 160the only eat 1600 calories. You want to be at 150 eat only 1500a calories. 140 = 1400. 130 = 1300 like I said it's a lil risky eat healthy foods spread them out to 4-6 times a day to maintain energy and do NOT consume empty Calories! Water is your friend. You need some flavors to drink slice up some fruit put in water ;-) Good luck I did this, had to re order wedding dress went from size 11 to a size 4 in 3the months. And they stl had to take the waist in a nother inch and 1/2. It's not easy after 1stI month I cried over not beong able to eat my mother inlaws yummy homemade buttery itaian bread! But soooo worth it!

Thank so much I'll ask tomorrow at the doctor. And just thanks for ur advice. XXX





This will be published. Surnames, nicknames or usernames are not allowed


Your email address will be kept confidential and will NOT be published – it is only being collected here in case Channel 4 need to contact you in relation to your comment.


Please don’t swear or be rude in your comments, as they will not be added to the site. Please do not use your full name when posting comments. If in doubt, refer to the community guidelines

By posting on this website you are agreeing to abide by our community guidelines

Hi all, what can I do about my daughters obesity? She used to be a well proportioned teenager but since living with her partner she is now close to 17st+ and it's destroying her self esteem/confidence. Her partner eats consistently on junk food and I'm convinced thats the problem. However, they do love each other and have a wonderfull 3 year old son. I did suggest that she saw her GP,and she claims that she went but there was nothing they could do. If I persist remarking about my concerns for her health she just get's annoyed. It really kills me inside to see her like this. Gratefull for any help. John.





This will be published. Surnames, nicknames or usernames are not allowed


Your email address will be kept confidential and will NOT be published – it is only being collected here in case Channel 4 need to contact you in relation to your answer.


Please don't swear or be rude in your answers, as they will not be added to the site. Please do not use your full name when posting answers. If in doubt, refer to the community guidelines

Questions submitted to the site will be answered by other site users, not by medical professionals, so if you have a medical concern, please book an appointment with your GP.

By posting on this website you are agreeing to abide by our community guidelines

I think your doughter need to go back to gp and ask to see psycologist. there is a reason why she eats, experts can help. dont leave it too late, I am the same now I have 3 year old and a heart condition

hi. can anyone help... i weigh myself in the moring and im like 12pounds heavier then i am at night. for exsample this morning i was 13lb 8oz and in the evening about 6pm after i eat im 12lb 10oz. why is this. at the moment i think why sud i bother exercising 20mins a day and eating healthy?????





This will be published. Surnames, nicknames or usernames are not allowed


Your email address will be kept confidential and will NOT be published – it is only being collected here in case Channel 4 need to contact you in relation to your comment.


Please don’t swear or be rude in your comments, as they will not be added to the site. Please do not use your full name when posting comments. If in doubt, refer to the community guidelines

By posting on this website you are agreeing to abide by our community guidelines

Hi I'm about 12kg over weight I lost all the weight and an extra 10kg as I weighed 89kg and I'm 5.2" and now I'm trying again but I'm going to be weighed by the nurse on Wednesday but she has told me if I still haven't lost weight that she is giving up as there is nothing she can do. As I've been trying for two 5months now. But I also suffer with depression I'm on medication but it's only change recently. Please can u help as I'm so unhappy I don't go out and just cry slot and I won't buy bigger cloths as I'm so ugly I can't cope help please and I'm 38 and still single as I have no confidence





This will be published. Surnames, nicknames or usernames are not allowed


Your email address will be kept confidential and will NOT be published – it is only being collected here in case Channel 4 need to contact you in relation to your comment.


Please don’t swear or be rude in your comments, as they will not be added to the site. Please do not use your full name when posting comments. If in doubt, refer to the community guidelines

By posting on this website you are agreeing to abide by our community guidelines

You're beautiful no matter what you weigh, you need to learn to love yourself before others can. I think you need to work on you're confidence first. Being happy is more important than you're appearance Xxx

Thanks so much for wat u said but I find it impossible and now I'm crying again. But thanks. And I'll try.x

You need to deal with your depression first of all, Karen: it sounds as if the medication you are on isn't working, so ask the doctor for something else. Also ask to be referred for Cognitive Behaviour Therapy -- it changed my life and will change yours, if you can get it. As regards your weight issues, it does not sound as if the nurse is any help to you, so ask to see a dietitian. PLEASE don't let this get you down -- there is help available, and you will find it in due course. In the meantime, concentrate on who you are inside, not what you look like. Good luck. I will be thinking of you.

could meds be making you put on wt? doc might be able to recommend better one for you?


More Information

  1. Breast Reduction

    In Conditions - Breast reduction is carried out for a number of reasons, but the mo…

  2. Excess Skin

    In Conditions - As weight is put on the skin stretches and grows to accommodate the…

  3. Excessive Internal Fat

    In Conditions - For most people, when they take on too much fat it becomes obvious…

  4. In Detail: Sagging Breasts

    In Videos - An in detail look at the operation to correct a pair of sagging bre…

  5. Morbid Obesity

    In Conditions - Morbid obesity occurs when a person's body mass index rises over 40…

  6. Episode 7 - Back to the Clinic

    In Episodes - This week the doctors are inviting some of their most serious cases…

  7. Doctor Responses: Excessive Sweating

    In Videos - Dr Christian answers your most frequently asked questions about exc…

  8. Hyperhidrosis

    In Conditions - Excessive sweating in the face, hands, feet and armpits, or over th…

  9. Premenstrual Syndrome

    In Conditions - Premenstrual syndrome (PMS) is the catch-all term given to a range…

  10. Episode 2

    In Episodes - Conditions being seen by the doctors in Episode 2 included Psoriasi…

  11. Diabetes

    In Conditions - Diabetes affects over 2 million people in the UK alone and many mor…

  12. Sunburn

    In Conditions - Sunburn is caused by ultraviolet (UV) light overheating and blister…

  13. Quick Health Advice: Excessive Sweating

    In Videos - Dr Pixie discusses the causes of excessive sweating and the treatme…

  14. Am I Normal Body Odour

    In Videos - Dr Dawn Harper discusses what is and isn't normal when it comes to…

  15. Tinnitus

    In Conditions - Sufferers of tinnitus can hear noise within their ear or head that…


Am I Normal?

Share, explore, vote, watch… Am I Normal? is a bold new Channel 4 project that will redefine what you think of as ‘normal’.

Visit Am I Normal? >