What are the Symptoms of a Prolapsed Bladder?

What are the Symptoms of a Prolapsed Bladder?

A prolapsed bladder, also known as a cystocele, occurs when the wall between the bladder and the vaginal wall weakens and allows the bladder to sag into the vaginal space. Symptoms of a prolapsed bladder can vary in severity and may include:

  1. Feeling of Pelvic Pressure:
    • A sensation of fullness or pressure in the pelvis, often described as a bulging or something “falling out.”
  2. Urinary Urgency and Frequency:
    • Frequent or urgent need to urinate, even if the bladder is not full.
  3. Difficulty Emptying the Bladder:
    • Difficulty completely emptying the bladder during urination.
  4. Leakage of Urine (Incontinence):
    • Stress urinary incontinence, where urine leaks during activities such as coughing, sneezing, laughing, or lifting.
  5. Recurrent Urinary Tract Infections (UTIs):
    • Frequent UTIs or bladder infections due to difficulty emptying the bladder completely.
  6. Pain or Discomfort:
    • Pelvic or lower abdominal discomfort or pain, often worsened by standing or physical activity.
  7. Painful Sexual Intercourse:
    • Discomfort or pain during sexual intercourse (dyspareunia).
  8. Visible Bulge in the Vagina:
    • A noticeable bulge or protrusion at the vaginal opening, especially during activities that increase intra-abdominal pressure.
  9. Backache or Lower Back Pain:
    • Pain in the lower back or pelvic region, often accompanied by a feeling of pelvic heaviness.
  10. Incomplete Bowel Movements:
    • Difficulty passing stools or feeling like bowel movements are incomplete.

It’s important to consult a healthcare professional, such as a gynecologist or urologist, if you experience any of these symptoms. They can perform a physical examination and may recommend additional tests to diagnose and assess the severity of the prolapsed bladder. Treatment options may include pelvic floor exercises, lifestyle changes, pessaries (devices inserted into the vagina), or surgery, depending on the degree of prolapse and the individual’s overall health.

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