Medical Q&As

Prolapse of the womb

What is a prolapsed womb?

Prolapse of the womb means that the womb has slipped downwards within the pelvis. Normally the womb is suspended within the pelvis by a series of muscles and ligaments. If these structures are weakened the womb slips down lower in the pelvis. Prolapse was more common in previous generations and was associated with multiple pregnancy and prolonged and difficult labour. Nowadays postnatal exercises are strongly advocated because they help to restore the tone of the pelvic muscles thereby helping to prevent prolapse.