The uterus (womb) is supported by the ‘hammock’ of pelvic floor muscles, tissues, ligaments and fascia. When these structures are too weak or too tight the uterus descends from its natural anatomical position into the vaginal cavity.
Some women are unaware that they have a slight drop of the uterus (grade 1 prolapse) and the first signs maybe stress incontinence or unable to retain a tampon maybe noticed or even intercourse may become painful.
Some women experience ‘a fullness’ ‘a bulging’ or a feeling of ‘a ball’ inside the vagina. This may be classed as a grade 2 or 3 prolapse.
It is always advisable to seek professional medical advice if you experience this, as there are several methods of solution your doctor may propose, and not all are necessarily surgery related.
There may also be more than one organ which descends with the uterus.
Pelvic organ prolapse can be staged as part of a clinical assessment to the severity of the prolapse.
Different grades of the uterine descent
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