What is uterine prolapse? Video

Uterine prolapse means the uterus falls from its normal position above the vaginal canal. There are...
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Uterine prolapse means the uterus falls from its normal position above the vaginal canal. There are different levels of severity. In the beginning the uterus may only drop slightly into the vaginal canal, without causing any symptoms. As prolapse becomes more severe, the uterus moves lower in the canal. Some of the uterus, and eventually the entire uterus, may be outside the vagina. As the uterus moves further down the vaginal canal, it can put pressure on the bladder or bowel. Symptoms can include problems with urination or bowel movements, lower back pain, and a feeling of heaviness or pulling in your pelvis. Prolapse results from weakening or tearing of the muscles and ligaments that normally hold the uterus in place. Women who experience uterine prolapse have usually had one or more vaginal births, particularly of large babies. Other factors that can contribute include loss of muscle tone with aging and lack of estrogen after menopause.

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