Uterine prolapse can affect women of any age. However, it usually affects postmenopausal women who had one or more vaginal births.
In general, mild uterine prolapse does not require treatment. However, if it makes you feel uncomfortable or interferes with your normal life, the treatment may help.
Internal prolapse (Cystocele)
Distending the muscles that hold the pelvic organs can cause anterior prolapse. Such distensions occur during vaginal delivery or chronic constipation, heavy coughing or heavy lifting. Previous prolapse also tends to cause problems after menopause, when estrogen levels decrease.
Prolapse of the small intestine (Enterocele)
Childbirth, age, and other processes that put pressure on the pelvic floor can weaken the muscles and ligaments that support the pelvic organs, and this increases the likelihood of a small bowel prolapse.
Posterior prolapse (Rectocele)
Labor and other processes that put pressure on the pelvic tissues can cause posterior vaginal prolapse. It is possible that a mild prolapse does not cause signs or symptoms.