The female reproductive system is complex, and gynecologic issues can cause a great deal of pain and discomfort. Uterine prolapse is a gynecologic condition in which weakened pelvic floor muscles allow the uterus to slide down into the vagina. While mild uterine prolapse may not require treatment, women with more severe prolapse may need to see a doctor for treatment. Fortunately, La Peer Health Systems’ Surgical Gynecology Center of Excellence specializes in treating uterine prolapse using the most sophisticated, minimally invasive techniques.
What Causes Uterine Prolapse?
Uterine prolapse results when weakened pelvic floor muscles and ligaments fail to support the uterus, allowing it to slide down and protrude from the vagina. While prolapse can occur at any point in a woman’s life, it is more common in women who have experienced one or more vaginal births. Additionally, the loss of estrogen that accompanies menopause can increase a woman’s chances of suffering uterine prolapse.
For some women, uterine prolapse is mild and does not dramatically affect their daily lives. However, more severe uterine prolapse can result in a number of unpleasant symptoms.
Uterine Prolapse Symptoms
If you are experiencing one of more of these symptoms of uterine prolapse, you may want to schedule an appointment with a gynecologic surgeon to discuss your options:
- Heavy or “pulling” sensation in the pelvic region
- Tissue that bulges out of the vagina
- Urinary issues including leaking
- Pain in the lower back
- Feeling that something is protruding or falling out of the vagina
- Being overweight
Prolapsed Uterus Complications
Without treatment, uterine prolapse can lead to a number of complications. In rare cases, a protruding uterus can rub against clothing and develop sores known as ulcers. Additionally, patients can suffer prolapse of other pelvic organs, including the bladder. Women with a prolapsed bladder are more likely to experience urinary tract infections and trouble urinating, among other gynecologic issues.
Uterine Prolapse Treatment
At La Peer Health Systems’ Surgical Gynecology Center in Los Angeles, our surgeons specialize in surgical treatments to correct uterine prolapse. In the past, hysterectomy, or removal or the uterus, was one of the only options for treating uterine prolapse. However, today, women have access to state-of-the-art uterine prolapse surgery procedures including laparoscopic treatments.
Utilizing tiny abdominal incisions, surgeons can repair a weakened pelvic floor using a graft of the patient’s own tissue or synthetic materials. The newly strengthened pelvic muscles are better able to support the uterus and other organs. Meeting with the gynecologic surgeons at our brand new outpatient surgery center is the best way to determine what uterine prolapse treatment is right for you.
Frequently Asked Questions About Uterine Prolapse
Q: Are there sexual side effects associated with uterine prolapse?
A: Unfortunately, women with uterine prolapse may experience sexual dysfunction including pain during intercourse and dissatisfaction with the appearance of their vagina.
Q: Who is at risk of developing prolapse?
A: Women who have given birth vaginally are more likely to develop uterine prolapse. The condition is also more common in menopausal and overweight women.
Q: What are the primary symptoms of uterine prolapse?
A: Uterine prolapse can lead to a number of unpleasant symptoms including tissue protruding from the vagina, pressure in the pelvic area and incontinence.
Contact LA’s Surgical Gynecology Center of Excellence
Patients don’t have to live with uterine prolapse and its side effects. If you think you may be suffering from a prolapsed uterus, don’t hesitate to call our experienced gynecologic surgery team at (888) 374-0367, or fill out an online contact form. Our goal is to help improve confidence and quality of life for every one of our patients.
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