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Dr. Norm S.
Dr. Norm S., Board Certified OB/GYN
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Experience:  Over 30 years of experience in OB/GYN practice, including teaching students. Fellow of American Board of Obstetrics and Gynecology.
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Menstruating, 2 children 12 and 8, first time I can feel my

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menstruating, 2 children 12 and 8, first time I can feel my cervix, suddenly low, 49 years old, just wondering if this falls in 'normal' parameters
Submitted: 1 year ago.
Category: OB GYN
Expert:  Dr. Norm S. replied 1 year ago.

It's not quite normal, but it's not unusual. You have a first degree prolapse, meaning that your uterus has dropped down to loosening supporting tissues.

As long as it's not bothersome, there is nothing to do about it. Perhaps avoiding straining, such as with constipation or lifting heavy objects would be a good idea. The increased intra-abdominal pressure that these cause could aggravate the prolapse.

The next time you have an exam, I would just ask your doctor about the low cervix.

If it gets low enough to be bothersome, the possible treatments include a pessary (device placed inside the vagina to hold up the cervix) or surgical repair, usually a vaginal hysterectomy. Best wishes.

Customer: replied 1 year ago.
first degree prolapse? i can feel it with my index finger inserted most of the way, but this has never been possible before not that I've tried a lot but in my years I've become familiar with myself. I was inserting a tampon and having a little difficulty and wondered if I'd removed the previous one so felt around and felt it. It's not protruding into my vagina as such but it may be uncomfortable if I sleep with my boyfriend this weekend. Apparently a low cervix is 'normal' during menstruation but seriously I've never felt it this low before. Age, pregnancy, lax muscles?
Expert:  Dr. Norm S. replied 1 year ago.

Yes, age, vaginal delivery and genes result in lax supportive tissues (connective tissue rather than muscles).

It may or may not be a problem during intercourse. Usually not so much, since the uterus will be higher while lying down than when you're upright.