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Definition of Uterine Prolapse
The weakness generally occurs as a consequence of multiple pregnancies that stress them or traumatic childbirth that causes damage to them.
Obesity increases the risk for uterine prolapse.
The symptoms of uterine prolapse may include
Depending on the severity of the prolapse, the uterus and cervix may protrude into the vagina or through the entrance of the vagina (vaginal introitus). The diagnostic path includes pelvic examination, which is typically sufficient for the doctor to diagnose uterine prolapse.
Treatment for mild to moderate uterine prolapse is most often a vaginal pessary, a fitted device the woman inserts into her vagina to hold the uterus in position. Treatment for moderate to severe uterine prolapse is surgery either to repair the muscles and ligaments (sacral colpopexy) or to remove the uterus (hysterectomy).
Surgery provides permanent correction, though in some women the damage to the pelvic structures may later experience vaginal prolapse (sagging of the vaginal walls).
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