How Do You Fix a Prolapsed Uterus?

How Do You Fix a Prolapsed Uterus?

Treatments for a prolapsed uterus

To diagnose a prolapsed uterus, your doctor will perform a vaginal exam. They may ask you to bear down as though you are pushing out a bowel movement. They will look to see how much tissue is prolapsed into or out of the vagina.

After examination, your doctor will determine your degree of prolapse, giving it a “grade” from 1 to 4. A grade of 1 means that the uterus has descended into the upper vagina. A grade of 4 means that the uterus and the cervix have exited the vagina.

Treatments for a prolapsed uterus

There are a variety of treatment options for a prolapsed uterus. What works for you may depend on your lifestyle, preferences, and medical history. You may not need medical treatment if your symptoms are mild or not causing you discomfort.

Medications

A pessary is a device inserted into the vagina to help hold the uterus in place. They come in different shapes and sizes to help women with varying severities and types of prolapses. Your doctor can show you how to insert and remove a pessary as needed. A combination of pessary and pelvic floor exercises may help women with uterine prolapse avoid surgery.

Home care

Doctors often recommend pelvic floor exercises for minor cases of a prolapsed uterus. You should work with a physical therapist who focuses on strengthening the pelvic floor. They will give you exercises that can help to strengthen the pelvic muscles so they can hold the uterus in its proper place again.

Surgery

Some more severe cases of uterine prolapse require surgery. Doctors often perform the surgery laparoscopically, where they insert instruments through the navel. They may also go through an abdominal incision. In both cases, they pull the uterus back into place, reattaching the ligaments for support.

Any treatment for a prolapsed uterus may not be effective if you do not address the root cause of the condition, such as a chronic cough or constipation.