Uterine prolapse is a form of pelvic organ prolapse that occurs
when a woman's pelvic muscles and ligaments become weak, causing the uterus to
drop from its usual position. This allows the neck of the uterus (cervix) to
bulge down into the vagina.
Uterine prolapse causes a feeling of pressure in the lower abdomen,
vagina, or lower back. Leakage of urine, problems passing urine or stool,
frequent urinary tract infections, or pain during intercourse may also be
Uterine prolapse may be treated with Kegel exercises to strengthen
the pelvic muscles, or with a device placed in the vagina (vaginal pessary).
Some women who have uterine prolapse choose to have the uterus surgically
Sarah Marshall, MD - Family Medicine & Femi Olatunbosun, MB, FRCSC - Obstetrics and Gynecology
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