Could This Be What Caused Your Uterine Prolapse?

Over time, your body changes. Muscles and ligaments stretch out and get weaker, usually so slowly that it doesn’t really hold you back. But if the ligaments and muscles in your pelvic floor lose enough integrity, you could be left with a condition that’s all but impossible to ignore.

Many women deal with uterine prolapse — or the movement of your uterus in your pelvic floor — through the years. In fact, almost half of all women will experience some pelvic organ prolapse by the time they turn 80. Knowing you’re not alone can help, but you ultimately want to learn what caused your prolapse and how to correct it. 

That’s why we’re here. At Alabama UROGYN in Fairhope, Alabama, Dr. Robert C. Brown and our team offer our extensive expertise in diagnosing and treating uterine prolapse. For the dedicated, effective care you need, you can visit our office.

But how do you know if uterine prolapse is affecting you — and what’s causing it? Let’s find out. 

Understanding uterine prolapse

Uterine prolapse occurs when your uterus slips out of place in your pelvic floor. In some cases, the uterus can even drop down into your vagina. This occurs because the muscles and ligaments that are supposed to hold your uterus in place lose their structural integrity over time. 

That can cause symptoms including:

Ultimately, all cases of uterine prolapse occur because your ligaments and muscles have weakened to the point that they can’t support your uterus anymore. But some risk factors make you much more likely to experience this condition, so let’s look at each. 

Common causes of uterine prolapse

Here are the top risk factors for uterine prolapse:

Childbirth

Each time you carry a child, you put strain on your pelvic floor. This takes a toll, and the tissue in the area may not fully bounce back. Women who’ve had children — especially multiple children or larger children — and who gave birth vaginally have a heightened risk of uterine prolapse. 

Obesity

If you’re overweight, your risk for uterine prolapse goes up.

Smoking

Smoking also heightens your risk for uterine prolapse.

Some races

Latina and white women are more likely to experience the prolapse of their uterus.  

Menopause

As your body’s levels of certain hormones decline when you enter menopause, your muscles weaken. This makes you more susceptible to uterine prolapse. 

Ultimately, no matter the cause of your uterine prolapse, Dr. Brown and our team can offer the treatment you need to keep your uterus properly positioned. To explore your options, don’t hesitate to call our office or schedule your visit online today.

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