Alternate Names : Prolapsed Uterus, Pelvic Support Relaxation, Pelvic Floor Hernia, Procidentia, Pudendal Hernia
What can be done to prevent the condition?
While uterine prolapse is not always avoidable, some cases can be avoided by:
doing Kegel exercises during pregnancy and after giving birth to strengthen pelvic muscles
an episiotomy, or cut made in
the perineum and vaginal wall during labor
taking hormone replacement
therapy for a long time during and after menopause to maintain the tone of the pelvic muscles
What are the long-term effects of the condition?
The long-term effects of uterine prolapse depend on how severe it is and how long a woman has had the condition. Some long-term effects include:
abnormal uterine bleeding
increased vaginal discharge
chronic vaginal infections
chronic bladder infections, known as recurrent cystitis
partial urethral obstruction
small bowel obstruction
incarceration of the uterus within the pelvis. This occurs with rapid
growth of a pregnant uterus that becomes trapped in the pelvis, cutting off its blood supply.
What are the risks to others?
Uterine prolapse is not contagious, and poses no risk to others.