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Bladder Prolapse (Cystocele)

Are you a woman experiencing discomfort or a bulging in the vaginal area, problems with urination and/or painful intercourse? Then perhaps your bladder has shifted out of its normal position. Read on to learn more about bladder prolapse and what treatments are available.

What is bladder prolapse?

Under normal conditions in women, the bladder is held in position by a "hammock" of supportive pelvic floor muscles and ligaments. When these muscles and tissues are stretched and/or weakened, the back of the bladder can sag through this layer of muscles and ligaments and into the vagina, resulting in bladder prolapse, also referred to as a cystocele. In severe cases, the sagging bladder will appear at the vagina's opening and can even protrude (drop) through it. Bladder prolapse can be very bothersome, can be associated with problems emptying the bladder, urinary tract infections or incontinence (unwanted loss of urine), and can usually be corrected.

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Information provided by the American Urological Association.