Pelvic prolapse, a type of pelvic floor disorder, affects about one-third of all women over their lifetime. Women may sometimes refer to pelvic prolapse as their “dropped bladder” or “fallen uterus.”
The pelvic floor is a group of muscles that form a kind of hammock across your pelvic opening. Normally, these muscles and the tissues surrounding the pelvic organs keep them in place. The pelvic organs include your bladder, uterus, vagina, small bowel and rectum. However, in the case of pelvic prolapse, the muscles weaken or become stretched, causing the organs to “droop” and descend outside the vaginal canal or anus. This may be due to childbirth, but most cases occur in older women.