Occurring in people of all ages as a result of stretching and weakening of the muscles and ligaments in the pelvis, the uterus (womb) drops from its normal position in the body.
What is Uterine Prolapse?
Uterine Prolapse describes the situation where the position of the uterus has shifted towards the vaginal opening. Left untreated the uterus eventually leaves the body entirely and hangs within an inverted vagina.
Why does Uterine Prolapse occur?
Uterine Prolapse occurs due to either damage or weakening of the connective tissue attachments of the uterus, damage or weakening of the pelvic floor muscles, or a combination of both.
The two most common causes are vaginal birth (causing damage) and menopause (causing weakening).
What treatment options are there for Uterine Prolapse?
The Specialist Gynaecologists at Gynae North can treat uterine prolapse using:
- Re-oestrogenization of the vagina and pelvis in menopausal patients.
- Strengthening of the pelvic floor muscles through rehabilitative physiotherapy.
- Surgically removing the uterus and repairing the damaged uterine and pelvic floor connective tissue supports.
What are the symptoms of uterine prolapse?
Women who have a prolapsed uterus can experience some or all of the following symptoms:
- a lump or bulge in the vagina, or a protrusion from the vaginal opening
- a sensation of weight in the pelvis or vagina
- straining to start urine flow or empty the bowel OR urgency when going to the toilet
- unable to completely empty the bladder or the bowel when going to the toilet
- discomfort or lack of sensation during intercourse
- recurrent urinary tract infections
- lower back pain