What Is a Fallen Uterus?

A uterus prolapse, or fallen uterus, is when weakened, overstretched pelvic muscles and ligaments are unable to support the uterus properly and it falls into the vagina, according to Mayo Clinic. In some cases, a fallen uterus may actually protrude out of the vagina.

The weakening of pelvic muscles and ligaments that leads to a fallen uterus is typically caused by damage occurring during pregnancy and childbirth, the accumulation of years of straining, the effects of gravity, and loss of estrogen, as stated by Mayo Clinic. Although a fallen uterus can occur at any age, postmenopausal women who have had at least one vaginal delivery are most at risk.