A woman was left with her womb poking out of her vagina after a vigorous dancing session.
The 60-year-old suffered a uterine prolapse during her performance and went to a doctor in tears.
A GP from the Chinese city of Xuzhou said that she’d felt a chunk of flesh “drop out of her body” while she was dancing in public.
After expecting her, the doctor discovered that her womb had slipped down and was poking out entirely.
According to Chinese video news site Pear, the woman was referred to the Maternal and Child Health Centre in Xuzhou, Jiangsu Province.
There, she told Dr Song Hongjuan, that she was terrified after feeling something fall out of her vagina while shaking her stuff during a workout session in a public square.
She worried that she might have a tumour.
She also told Dr Song that her uterus had slipped down and poked out “a little” in the past but had never come out as far as this.
Dr Song explained that she had suffered a uterine prolapse – where the womb slips down into the vagina.
In severe cases a uterine prolapse can result in a woman needing to undergo a hysterectomy, leaving her infertile.A 2018 study suggested that a prolapse of the bladder, womb or bowel – where the internal organs move down from their normal position – is common, affecting up to one in three women, at some point in their life.
The symptoms of prolapse include a feeling that something is “coming down”, the researchers from Glasgow Caledonian University noted.
The pensioner claimed that it had been caused by dancing but Dr Song believes that it was probably a result of the womb being weakened by childbirth.
Dr Song suspected that the unnamed patient had given birth to a big baby when she was younger and had suffered uterine prolapse as a result.
As she grew older, the untreated condition had grown worse.
The doc urged new mums to start exercising their pelvic floor muscles after giving birth and advised women not to leave things like constipation, chronic coughs or allergic rhinitis untreated because they can all harm pelvic floor muscles.
Physiotherapists say that mums should leave the seats in their cars and just take the baby out in order to lighten the load.
The Professional Network of Pelvic, Obstetric and Gynaecological Physiotherapy (POGP) said back in March that new mothers are “very vulnerable” to injury.
The woman has since been operated on and is now recovering.