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Risk factors include:
Many women with this condition have no symptoms. However, if symptoms start, they may include:
If your health care provider thinks that you have a prolapsed uterus, he or she will probably do a physical exam to check your pelvis. If you also have urinary incontinence or a feel like you can’t empty your bladder, your doctor may do a procedure called a cystoscopy to examine your bladder and urethra.
Your health care provider might also order an MRI (magnetic resonance imaging). This procedure uses a magnet and radio waves to create images. This will allow your health care provider to get a good look at your kidneys and other pelvic organs.
If your symptoms bother you or you’re not comfortable during everyday activities, talk with your health care provider about treatment options. Lifestyle changes, like losing weight, may help. So can doing Kegel exercises. These strengthen your pelvic floor muscles. To do this exercise, you squeeze the muscles you use to control the flow of urine, and hold for up to 10 seconds then release. Repeat 50 times a day.
A pessary can also relieve symptoms. This is a device your health care provider inserts into your vagina to support your pelvic organs.
A hysterectomy is surgery to remove your uterus. This can be done through your vagina. The healing time is faster than with surgery that requires an abdominal incision. There also are fewer complications.
There is no certain way to prevent uterine prolapse. However, the following can help lower your risk:
These actions may also help if you already have uterine prolapse.
Consult your health care provider when symptoms first start to bother you. Don’t wait until your discomfort becomes severe. Regular pelvic exams can help detect uterine prolapse in its early stages.
Tips to help you get the most from a visit to your health care provider:
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