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Prolapsed Uterus (cont.)

Prolapsed Uterus Causes

The following conditions can cause a prolapsed uterus:

  • Pregnancy/multiple childbirths with normal delivery through the vagina
  • Weakness in the pelvic muscles with advancing age
  • Weakening and loss of tissue tone after menopause and loss of natural estrogen
  • Conditions leading to increased pressure in the abdomen such as chronic cough (with bronchitis and asthma), straining (with constipation), pelvic tumors (rare), or an accumulation of fluid in the abdomen
  • Being overweight or obese and its additional strain on pelvic muscles
  • Radical surgery in the pelvic area leading to loss of external support

Other risk factors

  • Excess weight lifting
  • Caucasian women more commonly affected; African Americans and Asians are affected less often
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