Uterine prolapse occurs when the womb (uterus) drops down and presses into the vaginal area.
Pelvic relaxation - uterine prolapse; Pelvic floor hernia; Prolapsed uterus
Muscles, ligaments, and other structures hold the uterus in the pelvis. If these tissues are weak or stretched, the uterus drops into the vaginal canal. This is called prolapse.
This condition is more common in women who have had 1 or more vaginal births.
Other things that can cause or lead to uterine prolapse include:
- Normal aging
- Lack of estrogen after menopause
- Conditions that put pressure on the pelvic muscles, such as chronic cough and obesity
- Pelvic tumor (rare)
Repeated straining to have a bowel movement due to long-term constipation can make the problem worse.