It is not only scary but very embarrassing to discover one’s uterus slipping down and falling out. The medical term is “uterine prolapse” and it is classified under the umbrella of pelvic organ prolapse (POP). It happens when organs “POP” or drop out of their normal positions. In uterine prolapse, the ligaments that hold the uterus in place become too weak or damaged to do their job allowing the uterus to slip into or out of the vaginal canal.
Childbirth is the leading cause of uterine prolapse. Births with complications can damage the pelvic floor making prolapse a greater risk. Other risk factors include anything that stresses vaginal or pelvic muscles. A chronic cough, heavy lifting, constipation, obesity and low levels of estrogen can all contribute to pelvic organ prolapse.
Symptoms of uterine prolapse can worsen when standing or sitting for long periods (or while exercising), and often include :
Increased vaginal discharge
Urine leakage or sudden urges to urinate
Feeling of fullness, heaviness, pulling or pressure in pelvis
Low back pain
Like sitting on a ball
Seeing or feeling the uterus or cervix coming out of the vagina
Unfortunately, many women are embarrassed and uncomfortable discussing symptoms with their doctors. If you are experiencing symptoms of pelvic organ prolapse or are concerned that you may be at risk, it’s important to remember that this is a common condition. Half of all women who have one or more natural childbirths will likely encounter some degree of POP in their lifetime. There is a community of support available and with help from your health provider the issue can be treated and corrected.
For women who are pregnant or menopausal the pelvic floor support provided by It’s You Babe’s PF Press and their other products can help to prevent or relieve symptoms of uterine prolapse, bladder prolapse, and vulvar varicosities. If you are experiencing these symptoms, be sure to talk with your health provider about the PF Press and discuss with them which treatment may be best for you.