Prolapsed uterus

Overview of prolapsed uterus

A prolapsed uterus is a uterus (womb) that has slipped into the vagina. Uterine prolapse can be uncomfortable and embarrassing, as well as cause urination problems and interfere with sexual intercourse.

Symptoms of prolapsed uterus

Signs and symptoms of a prolapsed uterus include:

  • Pressure or heaviness in the pelvic region or vagina
  • Difficulty urinating, pain with urination, or urine leakage
  • Difficulty passing a bowel movement
  • Feeling like your internal organs are “falling out”
  • Visible tissue bulging from your vagina
  • Low backache
  • Problems with sexual intercourse

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Causes of prolapsed uterus

A prolapsed uterus occurs when the pelvic muscles and ligaments that support the uterus weaken. This condition is most common in women who have given birth vaginally, but women who have never given birth can also develop a prolapsed uterus.

Causes of prolapsed uterus include:

  • Pregnancy
  • An instrument-assisted delivery (such as a forceps or vacuum-assisted birth)
  • Delivery of a large baby
  • Obesity — being overweight doubles the risk of developing prolapsed uterus
  • Aging — the loss of estrogen after menopause has been associated with weakening of pelvic muscles and support
  • Long-term constipation — straining to have a bowel movement puts excess stress on the pelvic muscles