Uterine Prolapse - Symptom, Treatment of Uterine Prolapse,
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What is Uterine Prolapse ?
Uterine Prolapse is the falling or sliding of the uterus from its normal position in the pelvic cavity into the vaginal canal.
Uterine prolapse is a condition in which a woman's uterus (womb) sags or slips out of its normal position. The uterus may slip enough that it drops partway into the vagina (birth canal), creating a lump or bulge. This is called incomplete prolapse.
Uterine Prolapse Facts and Information
Uterine prolapse is a descent or herniation of the uterus into or beyond the vagina. In first-degree prolapse, the cervix remains within the vagina; in second-degree prolapse, the cervix is at or near the introitus; and in third-degree prolapse (procidentia), most or all of the uterus lies outside the vaginal opening. Uterine prolapse always is accompanied by some degree of vaginal wall prolapse.
Uterine prolapse most often occurs in women who have had more than one baby through normal vaginal delivery and in post-menopausal women.
What causes uterine prolapse?
Here are the list of causes of Uterine Prolapse
- Loss of muscle tone as the result of aging
- Injury during childbirth, especially if the woman has had many babies or large babies (more than 9 pounds)
- Other factors (Obesity, chronic coughing or straining and chronic constipation all place added tension on the pelvic muscles, and may contribute to the development of uterine prolapse.)
Treatment of Uterine Prolapse
There are surgical and non-surgical options for treating uterine prolapse. The treatment chosen will depend on the severity of the condition . A physician can fit a rubbery, ring-shaped device called a pessary into the upper portion of your vagina. Pessaries can help to prop up the uterus and bladder and prevent them from sagging into the vagina. They are removable so they can be washed periodically.
The best option is to prevent the prolapse in the first place. Performing pelvic floor exercises on a daily basis to strengthen the muscles of the pelvic floor is recommended. These can be done anywhere and at any time by simply tightening the pelvic floor muscles, as if trying to stop the urine flow.
How is uterine prolapse diagnosed?
The doctor will perform a pelvic examination to determine if the uterus has lowered from its normal position. During a pelvic exam, the doctor inserts a speculum (an instrument that lets the clinician see inside the vagina) and examines the vagina and uterus. The doctor will feel for any bulges caused by the uterus protruding into the vaginal canal.