When the uterus falls or slides from its normal position inside the pelvic cavity into the vaginal canal, it is called a uterine prolapse. The uterus is normally supported by pelvic connective tissue and the pubococcygeus muscle, and held in position by special ligaments. When these tissues weaken, the uterus may "fall" into the vaginal canal.
The severity of uterine prolapse varies. Mild uterine prolapse doesn’t require treatment and if it becomes worse, your Oakdale Ob/Gyn doctor or nurse practitioner may recommend a non-surgical treatment option, such as a vaginal pessary (weight).
Contributing factors to uterine prolapse may include tissue trauma during childbirth. This may be especially common in women who have delivered large babies. Other causes may include a rapid labor and delivery, multiple vaginal deliveries, advancing age, and hormonal changes experienced after menopause.
Uterine prolapse evaluation: what you can expect
Evaluation includes a thorough history and a pelvic examination to determine the degree of uterine prolapse. Treatment may include non-surgical options, such as a vaginal pessary (a doughnut-shaped object inserted into the vagina to hold the uterus in place) or surgery. To prevent uterine prolapse, try pelvic floor exercises