The uterus (womb) can slip into the vagina due to the aging process, pregnancy issues, and other causes. The condition is called uterine prolapse. It can be uncomfortable and embarrassing for many women, as well as cause problems in the bathroom and the bedroom.
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Symptoms of a Prolapsed Uterus
If you have a prolapsed uterus, your symptoms may include:
- Feeling like your internal organs are “falling out”
- Visible tissue bulging from your vagina
- Pressure or heaviness in the pelvic region or vagina
- Difficulty urinating, pain with urination, or urine leakage
- Difficulty passing a bowel movement
- Problems with sexual intercourse
- Low backache
What Causes a Prolapsed Uterus
Uterine prolapse is most common in women who have given birth vaginally. However, women who have never given birth can also develop the condition. Regardless of the cause, a prolapsed uterus is signified by a weakening of the pelvic muscles and ligaments that are supposed to support the uterus.
Causes of prolapsed uterus include:
- Aging, as the loss of estrogen after menopause has been associated with weakening of pelvic muscles
- Delivery of a large baby
- Instrument-assisted delivery (such as forceps or vacuum)
- Obesity, as being overweight doubles the risk of uterine prolapse
- Long-term constipation, as straining to have a bowel movement stresses the pelvic muscles
Diagnose & Treat Uterine Prolapse at Dignity Health Southern California
If your uterine prolapse is mild and not causing symptoms, you may not need medical treatment. Your doctor may instead recommend Kegel exercises to strengthen your pelvic muscles.
To help prevent uterine prolapse symptoms from becoming worse, avoid:
- Weight gain
- Heavy lifting
If treatment is necessary, your doctor will discuss your options with you and tailor your treatment plan based on your medical history, lifestyle, and personal preferences.
Treatment options may include:
- Surgery. A gynecologic surgeon may be able to repair the structures that support the uterus. Removal of the uterus (hysterectomy) is also an alternative.
- Vaginal pessary. A small device is inserted into your vagina to support your uterus.
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Dignity Health doctors provide specialized uterine prolapse treatment in Southern California.