Uterine prolapse is a disorder in which one’s uterus/womb slips down to her vaginal canal. This happens because the muscles & ligaments which normally keep the uterus in the pelvic area weaken and get stretched. This condition can happen at any age but is more common in postmenopausal women who have experienced difficult delivery & labor during one or more pregnancies. The weakening and stretching of the pelvic floor muscles may lead to sagging of the uterus in the following stages:
- First degree: The cervix—the lowermost part of the uterus, drops into the vagina.
- Second degree: In the second stage it drops to the level just inside the opening of the vagina.
- Third degree: Here, the cervix is outside the vagina.
- Fourth degree: The whole uterus completely comes out of the vagina.