Prolapsed Uterus Facts
The uterus (the womb, in which a fetus develops) is normally held in place inside the pelvis with various muscles and ligaments. Sometimes, because of childbirth or difficult labor and vaginal delivery, these tissues are weakened. As a woman ages and with age-related decrease in the concentration of the hormone estrogen, her uterus can move downward 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. Prolapsed uterus can be described in the following stages:
Other conditions are usually associated with prolapsed uterus. They weaken the muscles and ligaments that hold the uterus in place:
Last Reviewed 11/20/2017
Sarah Samreen, MBBS
George Lazarou, MD, FACOG
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