Facts About Uterine Prolapse
- Uterine prolapse or prolapse of the genitals caused by a weakening of the pelvic muscles and ligaments
- There is seen in about 50% of women over 40 years, but only about 6% have symptoms
- Typical causes are births (big kids, twins), heavy physical labor, constipation, heredity, obesity and COPD
- Typical symptoms are heaviness and urination / defecation problems. If the drop is outside the vaginal opening may cause wounds
The diagnosis of uterine prolapse is based on medical history and findings at the gynecological examination.Other studies may contribute to a picture of the condition.
For minor changes, there are few or no symptoms. The more prolapse uterus, the greater are the genes. The most typical genes are:
- Feeling of fullness or pressure in the abdomen. Some describe it as a feeling of sitting on a small ball
- Low back pain
- Feeling that something comes out of the vagina
- Painful intercourse
- Difficulty in urination or stool
- Generating at once
It is common for these symptoms worsen after prolonged standing position that the increases during the day and decreases when they lie down.
The gynecological examination
The physician in the context of the gynecological examination to see that the uterus is immersed. The doctor will assess the degree of sag. This can be done in that the doctor pulls gently into the uterus, to see how easily and the progress of the uterus can be pulled. The doctor may also ask you to stand on the floor, coughing or use bugpressen.
Special problems, for example. As problems with urination may be due to crack formation of the urethra because of the sag. In such cases it may be necessary to X-ray examination of the urinary tract. The dye is injected into a blood vessel and a series of X-ray images are taken in order to follow the passage of urine from the bladder.
Ultrasound can in some cases to detect or rule out other problems in the pelvis. In most cases, carried out the ultrasound examination through the sheath.
When should you seek medical advice?
Contact your doctor if you experience any of the following symptoms:
- You feel a fill at the vaginal opening
- You have persistent problems in the form of urinary incontinence – when mired uterus may be drypvis urinary incontinence – or you are bothered by a persistent bowel motions
- You have persistent lower back pain and difficulty in walking, urinate or empty the bowel
- The uterus comes out of the vagina