What is Cystocele?

Cystocele is an example of when the tissues between the bladder and vaginal wall weaken causing it to apply pressure on the front vaginal wall and in some cases, drop into the vagina causing pressure on other organs.  This can happen when the various muscles and ligaments surrounding the bladder weaken or stretch from childbirth, excessive straining or age.  Because of the overall effect on the bladder in this circumstance, this condition has also more commonly been referred to as “dropped bladder.”  It is also referred to as an anterior prolapse as the front (or anterior) vaginal wall has collapsed allowing the bladder to bulge downward into the vagina.

Symptoms of Cystocele

Because of the strain on the bladder more common symptoms relate to urinary troubles including loss of urinary control when coughing, laughing or sneezing (also known as stress incontinence), or a feeling that you haven’t completely emptied your bladder after urinating.  You may also experience frequent bladder infections.  Because of the shift in the organs, you may also notice a feeling of pressure in your pelvis or vagina.  This can also be identified by a discomfort when your strain, cough, bear down, lift or have intercourse.  In more severe circumstances you may have a feeling of sitting on a ball or notice a bulge protruding from the vaginal opening.

Cystocele Treatment

Treatment for Cystocele really depends on the severity of the condition.  More mild cases benefit from exercise that strengthens the muscle tissues. For women who have experienced menopause, estrogen therapy may be beneficial as it helps keep the pelvic muscles strong.  Additional supports inserted into the vagina can also be used.  When surgery is required, it normally includes a reconstructive procedure that not only puts the bladder back in place, but it will also repair damage made to surrounding organs or tissue.

Contact Our Office at 314-251-6753 to Schedule a Consultation

 NOTE:  This content is for informational purposes only and not a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment.  Always seek the advice of your physician or other qualified health provider if you have questions or concerns.  If you are interested in a consultation with Dr. Veronikis, please call for an appointment to address your specific needs.