Bladder prolapse is a condition that affects women. Also known as cystocele and anterior prolapse, bladder prolapse occurs when the bladder bulges into the vagina as a result of a weakening and stretching of the vaginal wall.
Recognizing the Symptoms of Bladder Prolapse
One of the first and most notable signs of prolapse is a feeling like there’s a ball of tissue in the vagina.
There are several symptoms related to pain including:
- Low back pain
- Pain or discomfort in the pelvic area
- Pain during sex (dyspareunia)
Symptoms relating to urinary function include:
- A sense of a ball of tissue inside the vagina or the sensation that something is falling out of the vagina
- Difficulty urinating or with bowel movements
- Urinary incontinence
- Incomplete voiding (the feeling that your bladder isn’t empty after urinating)
Painful or bleeding tissue protruding is one of the most obvious signs. However, women suffering from a very mild uterine prolapse or early-stage uterine prolapse may experience few, if any, symptoms.
Causes of Bladder Prolapse
There are some natural and unnatural health causes of bladder prolapse. They deal with types of situations that put stress on the bladder and pelvis.
Lifestyle-related causes of bladder prolapse include:
- Heavy lifting (frequent or repeated)
Health-related causes include:
- Painful or strained bowel movements
- Respiratory issues that involve chronic or heavy coughing
- Vaginal childbirth and hysterectomy are also among the most common causes of bladder prolapse.
When to See a Doctor About Bladder Prolapse
Painful or bleeding tissue protruding is one of the most obvious signs. However, women suffering from a very mild bladder prolapse or early-stage bladder prolapse may experience few, if any, symptoms.
If you’re currently concerned you may be suffering from bladder prolapse or have experienced any combination of the symptoms above, see a doctor as soon as possible. If you believe this may be an emergency, dial 911 or visit an emergency care facility immediately.
How Advanced Gynecology Can Help: Treatment Options for Bladder Prolapse
Some of the precautionary measures you can take to prevent or manage bladder prolapse may include:
- Regulating body weight
- Kegel exercises
- Treat cough
- Treat constipation
- Lift properly and avoid strain
If your doctor deems that you need surgical intervention, robotic surgical options including laparoscopy for bladder prolapse are available. One such procedure is Colporrhaphy which relies on stitches to repair and strengthen the anterior vaginal wall from which the bladder is prolapsed.
Our board-certified team of specialists and surgeons are here for you to help you get the care you need for all of your women’s health needs including bladder prolapse. We work to find the best treatment plan for you.