Uterine prolapse occurs when the uterus slips out of place and into the vaginal canal. The severity of uterine prolapse is defined as:

  • First degree—the cervix protrudes into the lower part of the vagina
  • Second degree—the cervix protrudes past the vaginal opening
  • Third degree—the entire uterus protrudes past the vaginal opening

Uterine Prolapse
uterine prolapse
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The uterus is normally supported by pelvic connective tissue. It is held in position by special ligaments. Weakening of the tissue causes the uterus to descend into the vaginal canal.