Uterine Prolapse

Uterine Prolapse

Uterine prolapse is a condition characterized by the excessive stretching and weakening of the pelvic floor muscles, alongside pelvic ligament. This results in loss of structural support for the uterus, and the slopping of the uterus into the vagina. In some extreme cases, the uterus can actually protrude out of the vagina as a consequence.

The condition is common in women of all ages, and especially common in postmenopausal women, who have had multiple vaginal deliveries. While, mild prolapse of the uterus is normal and needn’t require any treatment. But if the condition creates difficulty with your quality of life, it is best to seek an appropriate treatment option.

Symptoms of Uterine Prolapse

  • Heaviness in pelvis
  • Protrusion of tissue from vagina
  • Bowel difficulty
  • Urinary incontinence
  • Sexual difficulty

Causes of Uterine Prolapse

  • Multiple vaginal births
  • Chronic cough & bronchitis
  • Postmenopausal hormonal changes
  • Being overweight
  • Chronic constipation

While mild prolapse may not require any treatment, severe prolapse can be rectified by surgical intervention. The objective of the surgery is to repair the weakened pelvic flood muscles. However, in some cases where repair is not possible, the surgeon may opt to remove the uterus altogether with a hysterectomy procedure.

Risks of Posterior Vaginal Prolapse

  • Childbirth
  • Increasing age
  • Excessive weight gain
  • Weakened vaginal muscles