Posted 2/1/2009 8:55 PM (GMT -6)
Have you had children?
That is the most common cause of uterine prolapse. The pelvic floor muscles can be damaged during childbirth and once you lose muscle tone down there , it is pretty difficult to regain it.
Many physicians are reluctant to repair the front and back walls of the vagina without doing a hysterectomy these days.
After my mother gave birth to her fifth child, she had a suspension of her uterus done and a vaginal repair and a bladder lift. That was nearly 55 years ago. Despite being told never to have another child, she gave birth twice more, the last with me, and at 92 still has her uterus and remains active -- and continent.
You can get a pessary inserted by a gynecologist which, I think, is removable. if you don't want a surgical option. Some women have good results using them. Others find them a real pain.
If it's just a prolapse caused by the relaxation of pelvic floor muscles, it's not an emergency (before I had it repaired, I lived with a prolapse for 15 years after suffering a third degree prolapse immediately following the birth of my second child) but you really should consult with your gynecologist about your problems. The thing is, the prolapse might be symptomatic of another problem. Get it checked before it is an emergency.