Womb Prolapse

What is Womb Prolapse? When the Uterus Descends into the Vagina due to Muscle Weakness
Pregnancy and the Womb

As the organ that carries the rapidly growing foetus, the womb (aka uterus) and its supporting structures undergo massive strain as the pregnancy progresses, and particularly so during a vaginal birth. It is important to note that the womb is actually a very mobile organ that is held in place by ligaments, mainly comprised of fibrous tissues and a small amount of muscle fibres. When these structures are overly stretched and weakened, the womb may start to drop and press into the vaginal canal.

Symptoms of Womb Prolapse
  • Pressure or heaviness in the pelvis or vagina
  • Feeling a lump or bulge in, or out of, the vagina
  • Problems with sexual intercourse
  • Urinary incontinence
  • Difficulty having bowel movements
  • Lower back pain with difficulty walking
Risk Factors of Womb Prolapse
  • Pregnancy
  • Vaginal birth
  • Menopause
  • Obesity
  • Chronic coughing
  • Former pelvic surgery
How is Womb Prolapse Diagnosed?

A physical exam of the pelvis will be conducted and you may be asked to exert pressure—this will show how far your womb has descended and what other organs may be prolapsed as well (e.g. bladder or rectum). An ultrasound may also be taken for clearer visualization.

When Should I See a Gynaecologist?

Ideally, you should see a gynaecologist the moment you start to feel any of the symptoms stated above, before the worst-case scenario happens—complete prolapse (with the uterus outside of the vagina) or obstruction with urinating or having a bowel movement. Those cases would be deemed urgent that require immediate medical attention.

Dr See Tho Kai Yin

Consultant Obstetrician & Gynaecologist
MBBS (Singapore), FRCOG (UK), FAMS

Having been in practice since the 1970s, Dr See Tho has devoted five decades of his career to the care of women’s health; and over the years found himself sub-specializing in the laparoscopic management of gynaecological conditions, including womb prolapse and urinary incontinence.

Effectively bilingual in English and Mandarin, Dr See Tho is currently a member of the American Association of Gynecologic Laparoscopists (AAGL) and a former President of the Obstetrical & Gynaecological Society of Singapore.

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Urinary incontinence and womb prolapse can cause significant distress and inconvenience to women, but can be effectively treated.

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