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WHAT IS UTERINE PROLAPSE?

A 60-year-old unidentified women recently sought medical help at the Maternal and Child Health Centre in Xuzhou, Jiangsu Province. Reportedly, her uterus had slipped out of place and protruded out of her vagina after a vigorous dancing session.

Dr Song Hongjuan, a supervisor at the hospital, after examination explained that the pensioner had actually suffered from uterine prolapse.

Following successful surgery, to correct the problem the woman is now on her way to recovery but that leaves us with a pressing question – What is a uterine prolapse?

Uterine Prolapse comes under the umbrella of a Pelvic Organ Prolapse and is a condition where one or more of the organs in the pelvis slip down from their normal position and bulge into the vagina. These can include the womb (uterus), bowel, bladder or top of the vagina.

A prolapse is something that happens gradually and dancing being the cause of it is doubtful. During the early stages of the prolapse it is likely that the women may feel heaviness or a fullness but rarely is the condition identified before the prolapse comes out of the vagina.

A prolapse is more prone to show itself if you put the pelvic floor under pressure, like lifting a heavy object or straining through constipation.

Symptoms:

– Feeling of heaviness around your lower tummy and genitals (pelvis).
– A heightened feeling of discomfort in the vagina that may feel like sitting on a ball.
– A feeling of something coming down your vagina
– Numbness during sex
– Difficulties in passing urine.

Causes:

age, genetics and menopause are associated with an increased risk of prolapse. This is because tissues get weaker and there is a change in collagen due to a falling quantity of oestrogen.

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