Uterine prolapse means your uterus has dropped from its position within the pelvis into your vagina. Normally, your uterus is held in
place by the muscles and ligaments that make up your pelvic floor. Uterine prolapse results when pelvic floor muscles and ligaments weaken,
providing inadequate support for the uterus. The uterus then descends into the vaginal canal.
Uterine prolapse most often affects postmenopausal women who've had one or more vaginal deliveries. Damage to supportive tissues incurred
during pregnancy and childbirth plus the effects of gravity, loss of estrogen and repeated straining over the years can weaken pelvic floor muscles and lead to prolapse.
If you experience only mild uterine prolapse, treatment usually isn't needed. But if you experience discomfort or interruption of your
lifestyle as a result of uterine prolapse, you might benefit from surgery to repair the prolapse, or you may elect to use a special
supportive device (pessary), which is inserted into your vagina.