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Uterine Prolapse

Uterine prolapse occurs when the muscles and tissue in your pelvis weaken. The weakness lets the uterus drop down into your vagina. Sometimes, it comes out through your vaginal opening.

What causes uterine prolapse?

Uterine prolapse is caused when the muscles and tissue of the pelvic floor are weakened and can’t support the weight of the uterus. This lets it drop into your vagina. Childbirth and advancing age are commonly linked with this condition. .

Who is at risk for uterine prolapse?

You are more likely to get uterine prolapse if you have any of these:

  • Gave birth (highest risk). This is especially true if you had a baby with a high birth weight.
  • Had a vaginal delivery instead of a C-section
  • Have reached menopause
  • Are overweight
  • Are a smoker

What are the symptoms of uterine prolapse?

Many women with this condition have no symptoms. But if symptoms start, they may include:

  • Leakage of urine
  • Inability to completely empty your bladder
  • Feeling of heaviness or fullness in your pelvis
  • Bulging in your vagina or feeling like something is falling out
  • Lower-back pain
  • Aching or a feeling of pressure in your lower belly (abdomen) or pelvis
  • Constipation, accidental leakage of stool, or straining when moving the bowels.
  • Bleeding or discharge

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