What does "dropped cervix" mean?


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According to WebMD, a dropped cervix refers to varying degrees of a prolapsed uterus. A uterus becomes prolapsed when it, in whole or in part, sags into the vagina.

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Through its Better Health Channel website, the Department of Health for Victoria, Australia identifies the symptoms of a prolapsed uterus as pressure-type sensations in the vagina, persistent lower back pain, the presence of a bump within the vagina, pain during sexual intercourse and increased amounts of vaginal discharge.

On its MedlinePlus website, the National Institute of Health lists the primary causes for a uterine prolapse as decreased levels of estrogen following the onset of menopause, increased pressure on the muscles of the pelvis, and, in rare instances, pelvic tumors. According to the NIH, a pelvic exam is the most common procedure used to diagnose the presence and severity of a prolapsed uterus. A mild prolapse is identified by the NIH as one that manifests a drop of the cervix into the lower part of the vagina. If the cervix drops out of the vaginal opening, the NIH classifies this as a moderate to severe prolapse.

Treatment for a prolapsed uterus ranges from pelvic exercises to surgery, according to WebMD. The Better Health Channel suggests a vaginal pessary as an alternative treatment option. A pessary is a flexible device fitted inside the vagina to support the cervix and uterus,

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