Prolapsed Uterus Overview
The uterus (womb in which a fetus develops) is normally held in place inside the pelvis with various muscles, tissue, and ligaments. Sometimes, because of childbirth or difficult labor and delivery, these muscles weaken. As a woman ages and with a natural loss of the hormone estrogen, her uterus can collapse into the vaginal canal, causing the condition known as a prolapsed uterus.
Muscle weakness or relaxation may allow the uterus to sag or come completely out of the body to a variable extent. Prolapsed uterus can be described in the following stages:
Other conditions are usually associated with prolapsed uterus. They weaken the muscles that hold the uterus in place:
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