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When the uterus moves down in the pelvis and starts to press into the vagina, it is called uterine prolapse.
It can happen when the muscles and tissues that hold the uterus in place get weak or damaged. This can be caused by pregnancy and childbirth, being overweight, or frequent constipation. Or the muscles and tissues may get weaker as you age.
This problem may cause you to leak urine. Or you may have trouble passing urine or stool. You may feel pain during sex. But in most cases, prolapse doesn't cause more serious health problems.
You may feel better if you change how you do some of your daily activities. And you can try exercises to make your pelvic muscles strong. Or your doctor may suggest a pessary. Surgery may also be an option.
Follow-up care is a key part of your treatment and safety. Be sure to make and go to all appointments, and call your doctor or nurse advice line (811 in most provinces and territories) if you are having problems. It's also a good idea to know your test results and keep a list of the medicines you take.
Watch closely for changes in your health, and be sure to contact your doctor or nurse advice line if:
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Current as of: August 2, 2022
Author: Healthwise Staff
Medical Review:Adam Husney MD - Family Medicine & Martin J. Gabica MD - Family Medicine & Kathleen Romito MD - Family Medicine
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