Arizona Women's Health Partners
OB-GYNs located in Mesa, AZ
Uterine prolapse is a condition that occurs when part of the uterus slips into the vagina. Thomas Bickley, DO, and Eericca Bickley, DO, of Arizona Women’s Health Partners can diagnose and treat uterine prolapse effectively. Patients with the symptoms of uterine prolapse should contact Arizona Women’s Health Partners in Mesa, AZ and serving Gilbert, AZ, to make an appointment with Dr. Thomas or Dr. Eericca.
Uterine Prolapse Q&A
What is uterine prolapse?
Uterine prolapse develops when part of the uterus slips into the vagina or protrudes outside of the vagina because of inadequate support. This condition can occur at any age, but it’s most common among women who’ve gone through menopause and have had at least one vaginal birth.
What causes uterine prolapse?
Uterine prolapse occurs when the muscles and supportive tissues in the pelvic floor become too weak to hold the uterus in its proper place. Some of the factors that may contribute to the weakness of these muscles include:
- Loss of muscle tone
- Lower estrogen levels after menopause
- Delivering a large baby
- Trauma during delivery
- Having a difficult delivery
What are the symptoms of uterine prolapse?
Some women with uterine prolapse may not experience any symptoms. However, if symptoms occur, they may include:
- Tissue protruding from the vagina
- Pain in the low back pain
- Difficult bowel movements
- Urine leakage
- Difficulty emptying the bladder
- Feelings of heaviness in the pelvis
- Feelings of something falling out of the vagina
Most women with uterine prolapse notice that symptoms worsen later in the day.
How is uterine prolapse diagnosed?
In most cases, Dr. Thomas or Dr. Eericca will be able to diagnose uterine prolapse during a pelvic exam. During this exam, the doctor may ask the patient to bear down as though they’re having a bowel movement. This allows the doctor to determine the extent of the prolapse.
How does Arizona Women’s Health Partners treat uterine prolapse?
Mild cases of uterine prolapse may not require any treatment. However, if uterine prolapse is more severe, women may benefit from a vaginal pessary. This is a device that fits inside the vagina and prevents the uterus from falling out of place. In cases where the condition is severe, patients may need surgery to repair damaged muscles in the pelvic floor, or they may need a hysterectomy to remove the uterus. Dr. Thomas or Dr. Eericca will explain all of the patient’s treatment options in detail so that she can make the best choice.
Can patients prevent uterine prolapse?
Patients may be able to prevent uterine prolapse or reduce symptoms by keeping the pelvic floor muscles strong. To strengthen pelvic floor muscles, patients should perform Kegel exercises regularly. Patients should also avoid weight gain and constipation, as these issues can contribute to uterine prolapse.
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