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Prolapsed Uterus

 

Prolapsed uterus is a condition where the uterus loses its normal position and slips downwards due to weakened pelvic muscles or ligaments.

Causes

  • Prolonged labor
  • Delivering multiple babies
  • Delivering a large baby
  • Menopause
  • Obesity
  • Heavy lifting
  • Chronic cough
  • Excessive straining during bowel movements

Symptoms
Symptoms may not be present in a mild prolapse. In other cases, they include:

  • Feeling of fullness and heaviness in the vagina
  • Vaginal pain
  • Lower back pain
  • Painful intercourse
  • Bladder infections
  • Urine leakage
  • Difficulty in bowel movements
  • Difficulty in walking
  • Uterus protruding out of the vagina

Treatment

  • Losing excessive weight
  • Pelvic floor exercises
  • Estrogen creams
  • Vaginal pessary to support the uterus
  • Surgery to remove or suspend the uterus

Prevention

  • Regular pelvic floor exercises
  • Maintaining a healthy weight
  • Avoiding heavy lifting
  • Avoiding and promptly treating conditions like cough and constipation
  • Avoiding smoking