Symptoms and Signs of Prolapsed Uterus

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Medically Reviewed on 12/15/2021

Doctor's Notes on Prolapsed Uterus

Prolapsed uterus symptoms are due to the displacement of the uterus from its normal position in the body. Individuals with a prolapsed uterus may have signs and symptoms that include

  • pressure or feeling a mass in the pelvis,
  • feeling that something's coming out of the vagina,
  • cervix can be felt near the vaginal opening or protruding from the vagina,
  • painful intercourse,
  • difficulty with urination,
  • difficulty with bowel movements,
  • low back pain, and
  • difficulty walking.

The cause of a prolapsed uterus is related to weakening of the muscles and ligaments that hold the organ in place. Conditions that cause a prolapsed uterus are usually related to conditions that injure the supporting muscles and ligaments such as

What Is the Treatment for a Prolapsed Uterus?

Some patients have few, if any, symptoms while other patients have more severe symptoms. Treatments are based on the severity of the prolapse.

  • Self-care (few symptoms)
    • Kegel exercises (strengthen pelvic muscles)
    • Weight loss
    • Treating constipation
    • Pessary (plastic or rubber device used to keep the uterus in position and halt prolapse)
  • Surgery (more severe symptoms)
    • Repair of weak pelvic floor tissue (through vagina or abdomen)
    • Hysterectomy (uterus removal)

You and your doctors can decide what treatment is best for your condition.

REFERENCE:

Kasper, D.L., et al., eds. Harrison's Principles of Internal Medicine, 19th Ed. United States: McGraw-Hill Education, 2015.