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What is the rate of incidence for uterine prolapse?

Dr. Jeanne Morrison, PhD
Family Practitioner

The incidence rate for uterine prolapse is not known. However, authorities consider uterine prolapse to be a "fairly common" disorder. In the United States, uterine prolapse is the reason for surgery in approximately 16 percent of hysterectomies.

Patricia Geraghty, NP
Women's Health

The reported incidence of uterine prolapse varies from 14 percent of women with uterine prolapse and 40 percent with some degree of pelvic organ prolapse in the Women's Health Initiative in the United States to 3.6 percent of women in a French study. An important difference in the methodology of obtaining these numbers is that the women in the United States had physical examinations while the French women were self-reporting. Many women don't realize or don't talk about prolapse.

Pelvic organ prolapse is very frequent; one out of nine women will need a surgery to repair her uterine prolapse.

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