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 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.
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:
Some women with uterine prolapse may not experience any symptoms. However, if symptoms occur, they may include:
Most women with uterine prolapse notice that symptoms worsen later in the day.
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.
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.
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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