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Prolapse refers to a collapse, descent, or other change in the position of the uterus in relation to surrounding structures in the pelvis. The pelvis contains many soft tissue structures vital to normal body functions, supported primarily by the diaphragms, layers of muscles, fibrous coverings called fasciae, and various ligaments and tendons. These soft tissues of the pelvis derive their ultimate support from the bony pelvis. Prolapse of the uterus may be one of three types, depending on severity: First-degree prolapse occurs when the uterus sags downward into the upper vagina . Second-degree prolapse occurs when the cervix is at or near the outside of the vagina. Third-degree prolapse (sometimes referred to as total prolapse) occurs when the entire uterus is outside the vagina. Prolapse may occur when the pelvic support system, the muscles and ligaments that normally hold the uterus in place, become stretched or slack, most often due to a long or difficult childbirth or multiple childbirth...
Retroversion of the uterus occurs when a woman's uterus (womb) tilts backward rather than forward. It is commonly called a "tipped uterus."
Uterus retroversion; Malposition of the uterus; Tipped uterus; Tilted uterus
Causes, incidence, and risk factors
Retroversion of the uterus is common. It is the normal uterine position in about 20% of all women.
Weakening pelvic ligaments associated with menopause may cause this condition in women who previously did not have a retroverted uterus.
Enlargement of the uterus, either as the result of a pregnancy or a tumor , may also lead to retroversion.
Scar tissue in the pelvis (pelvic adhesions) can also hold the uterus in a retroverted position. Such scarring may result from:
Pelvic inflammatory disease
Pregnancy can result in back pain, which can linger for a time after the delivery. Three possible causes for the back pain might include: 1. Extra weight is obvious. This is putting more strain on the back, and often women keep some of this extra weight even after the delivery, putting a chronic strain on the back. 2. The center of gravity in a pregnant woman moves forward as the uterus grows in size. Unconsciously or not, the woman will alter her gait and posture to adjust to these changes. This puts unusual strain on back muscles and ligaments, and can cause continued pain after pregnancy if these alterations in gait and posture are not corrected. 3. The hormone relaxin prepares the pelvis for delivery of the baby by softening the ligaments between the bones of the pelvis, causing loosening so to speak. This can cause lower back pain upon walking, and sometimes more intense pain when stairs must be navigated. The persistence of the weight gain would probably prolong the changes th...
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