Uterine Prolapse

Mild uterine prolapse usually doesn't require treatment. But if uterine prolapse makes you uncomfortable or disrupts your normal life, you might benefit from treatment, offered by Women's Health Partners.

Uterine prolapse occurs when pelvic floor muscles and ligaments stretch and weaken and no longer provide enough support for the uterus.

As a result, the uterus slips down into or protrudes out of the vagina.

Uterine prolapse can occur in women of any age. But it often affects postmenopausal women who've had one or more vaginal deliveries.

Causes

Uterine prolapse results from the weakening of pelvic muscles and supportive tissues. Causes of weakened pelvic muscles and tissues include:

Pregnancy
* difficult labor and delivery or trauma during childbirth
* delivery of a large baby, being overweight or obese 
* lower estrogen level after menopause
* chronic constipation or straining with bowel movements
* chronic cough or bronchitis
* repeated heavy lifting