Certain factors may increase your risk of uterine prolapse:

  • One or more pregnancies and vaginal births
  • Giving birth to a large baby
  • Increasing age
  • Frequent heavy lifting
  • Chronic coughing
  • Prior pelvic surgery
  • Frequent straining during bowel movements
  • Genetic predisposition to weakness in connective tissue
  • Being Hispanic or white

Some conditions, such as obesity, chronic constipation and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), can place a strain on the muscles and connective tissue in your pelvis and may play a role in the development of uterine prolapse.

Aug. 17, 2012