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Is it possible to give birth normally with a dropped uterus?

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It is possible for women suffering from uterine prolapse to carry a child to term and to have a normal vaginal delivery, according to the Journal of Medical Case Reports. However, Caesarean section is sometimes recommended as a delivery method for pregnant women with uterine prolapse depending on concerns of infection, further organ prolapse and the degree of uterine prolapse involved.

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Uterine prolapse occurs when a woman's uterus descends from its position in the body, according to the Journal of Medical Case Reports. Prolapses occur in varying degrees of severity; in the most extreme cases, the uterus descends completely through the vagina and emerges from the vulva. The most common causes for this condition in women of childbearing age is repeated pregnancy, especially if the pregnancies involved difficult labor or complications. However, uterine prolapse can occur even in women who have never had children. Pregnancy in women with severe prolapse is rare, though there is some evidence that it is more common in mothers from disadvantaged areas.

Management of a prolapsed uterus often involves a pessary, according to the Journal of Medical Case Reports. A pessary is a device inserted into the vagina to help support the uterus and keep it from prolapsing further. Patients entering the third trimester of pregnancy may no longer require a pessary, as the uterus is often large enough at that stage to remain stable in the body without further assistance.

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