Uterine prolapse is the protrusion of the uterus (womb) into the vagina, and at times outside the
vagina, due to loss of support from the muscles and ligaments surrounding
the uterus. Uterine prolapse is one form of pelvic organ prolapse. The bladder,
rectum, or small bowel can also protrude into the vagina in related disorders.
Uterine prolapse has been reported to occur in approximately 14% of women.
Several factors may increase a woman's risk of uterine prolapse, including
her number of vaginal deliveries, delivery of a large infant, increasing age,
and frequent heavy lifting. A number of conditions, including chronic obstructive
lung disease, chronic constipation, and obesity, may also contribute to the
development of uterine prolapse.