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Women's Healthcare Group

Obstetrics & Gynecology located in York, PA

When your pelvic floor muscles weaken and stretch over time, uterine prolapse can take you by surprise. The experienced physicians at The Women’s Healthcare Group in York, Pennsylvania, can determine the right treatment option for you, so you can get back to enjoying life. Call or book an appointment online today to learn more about controlling your uterine prolapse.

Prolapse Q & A

What is Uterine Prolapse?

Commonly known as vaginal prolapse, uterine prolapse occurs when the pelvic floor muscles and surrounding ligaments begin to stretch, weakening to the point that they can no longer comfortably hold the uterus. Over time, the uterus starts slipping down and protrudes through the vagina.

While uterine prolapse can affect women of any age, it occurs most often in premenopausal women who have had at least one vaginal delivery.

How Do I Know I Have Uterine Prolapse?

If you suffer from mild vaginal prolapse, you may not even realize you have it. However, if the prolapse is more severe, you may notice:

  • Looseness in your vagina during sex
  • Constipation or troubles passing stool
  • Urinary incontinence or retention
  • A sensation of sitting on a ball
  • A pulling feeling inside your pelvis and vagina
  • Obvious tissue protruding from your vagina

It’s important to see a doctor the moment these symptoms begin impacting your day-to-day activities to determine the severity of your uterine prolapse.

What Causes Uterine Prolapse?

Uterine prolapse often affects women who have experienced one or more vaginal births. Some of the most common causes and risk factors associated with vaginal prolapse include:

  • Trauma during childbirth or labor
  • Difficult pregnancy
  • Lower estrogen levels
  • Being overweight
  • Chronic constipation
  • Heavy lifting
  • Previous pelvic surgery
  • Being white or Hispanic

If you already have weakened pelvic floor muscles, a serious cough or chronic asthma can be enough to spark uterine prolapse in women.

What is the Treatment for Uterine Prolapse?

How uterine prolapse is treated depends entirely on the severity of your condition. From simple exercises to surgery, there are plenty of treatment options to choose from.

  • Kegels: Kegel exercises, also known as pelvic floor exercises, are recommended to help strengthen your pelvic floor muscles. Keeping your pelvic floor muscles tight and strong promotes a number of health benefits, including improving orgasm, preventing organ prolapse, and alleviating stool and urine incontinence.
  • Pessary: A pessary is a small plastic device that is inserted into your vagina to hold up the protruding pelvic floor tissue. It is removable and must be cleaned regularly.
  • Surgery: There are two popular types of surgery used to treat uterine prolapse. The first involves repairing weakened pelvic floor tissues through tissue grafting. The other is a complete removal of the uterus, called a hysterectomy, which will prevent you from having children in the future.

For more information on uterine prolapse and your treatment options, call The Women’s Healthcare Group or book an appointment online today.