Your uterus (or womb) is normally held in place inside your pelvis with various muscles, tissue, and ligaments. Because of childbirth or difficult labor and delivery, in some women these muscles weaken. Also, as a woman ages and with a natural loss of the hormone estrogen, her uterus can drop into the vaginal canal, causing the condition known as a prolapsed uterus.
In extreme cases, the uterus can sag and even come completely out.
There are four different stages:
First degree: The cervix drops into the vagina.
Second degree: The cervix drops to the level just inside the opening of the vagina.
Third degree: The cervix is outside the vagina.
Fourth degree: The entire uterus is outside the vagina. This condition
is also called procidentia. This is caused by weakness in all of the supporting muscles.
You may feel a sense of fullness or pressure in your pelvis, lower back pain, painful intercourse, difficulty walking and difficulty urinating. Seek medical care immediately if you feel the cervix near the opening of the vaginal canal or you feel something coming out of your vagina.
Depending on your age and whether you wish to become pregnant, surgery can repair the uterus or remove it by way of a hysterectomy. The best way to care for your muscle strength and avoid a prolapsed uterus is to avoid constipation by eating a high-fiber diet, maintain a healthy weight, avoid heavy lifting or straining and most importantly strengthen your pelvic muscles with Kegel exercises.
To make an appointment to schedule the removal of your prolapsed uterus, contact the Nevada Surgery and Cancer Center, specializing in hysterectomy removal since 2005. See our website to make an appointment or call at 702-739-6467.