Prolapse can develop for many reasons. The major cause is stress on this supportive "hammock" when giving birth. Women who have many pregnancies, deliver vaginally, or have long or difficult childbirth are at higher risk.
Other factors that can lead to prolapse are:
- heavy lifting
- chronic coughing (or other lung problems)
- frequent straining to pass stool
- menopause (when estrogen levels start to drop)
- prior pelvic surgery