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A prolapsed uterus isn’t a common topic in women’s daily conversation, which is why so many women are surprised to learn that their uterus can slip out of place and protrude into their vagina. The board-certified specialists at Bella Women’s Care are experts in assessing your risk, helping you avoid a prolapsed uterus, and in providing exceptional treatment to repair a prolapsed uterus. To learn more about your risk or to schedule an appointment, call one of the offices in Phoenix or Mesa, Arizona, or use the online booking feature.
When you have a prolapsed uterus, your uterus drops down from its normal position. It may push against your vagina or, in severe cases, protrude out of your vagina.
Your uterus prolapses when the muscles that hold it in place, called the pelvic floor muscles, become too weak to support the organ. The pelvic floor muscles are a group of muscles resembling a sling-like structure that support all your pelvic organs.
The pelvic floor muscles are affected by the same age-related changes that gradually weaken all the muscles in your body. These muscles are also stretched and weakened by the stress of pregnancy and childbirth.
Your risk for a prolapsed uterus is higher if you:
Being overweight is also associated with a higher risk of a uterine prolapse.
A mild prolapse may not cause any noticeable symptoms. But without treatment, a prolapsed uterus is likely to worsen, leading to symptoms that include:
In some cases, you may also develop lower back pain.
Your treatment is based on the severity of your prolapse and your symptoms. A mildly prolapsed uterus may not need treatment. If you’re overweight, losing weight may reduce the pressure on your pelvic area enough to relieve your symptoms.
Many women benefit from Kegel exercises to strengthen their pelvic floor muscles. Your Bella Women's Care provider may also prescribe a pessary, which is a device that’s placed inside your vagina to support your uterus.
Advanced cases of uterine prolapse may need minimally invasive surgery to repair the damaged pelvic floor muscles. If you’re sure you don’t want to have more babies and your prolapse is severe, your practitioner may recommend a hysterectomy.
The OB/GYN specialists at Bella Women’s Care are experts in minimally invasive surgery, including robot-assisted surgery using the da Vinci® Surgical System. With this system, your provider’s surgical skills are enhanced by the advanced robotic technology that allows greater precision and a range of motion that exceeds human hands.
If you develop symptoms of a prolapsed uterus, schedule an appointment by calling Bella Women’s Care or using the online booking feature.