Urethrocele is a problem with the tube that carries urine from the bladder to the outside of the body. This tube is called the urethra. When the urethra sags or presses into the vagina, it is called urethrocele or urethral prolapse.
This problem happens when the pelvic muscles and tissues get weak or damaged. This may occur after a woman has children or when she gets older. Or it may happen after surgery.
In most cases, urethrocele does not cause serious health problems. But it may cause you to leak urine. You may notice this when you cough, laugh, or jump. You may also have problems emptying your bladder. And you may feel pressure in your vagina and pain during sex.
You may feel better if you change how you do some of your daily activities. And you can try exercises to make your pelvic muscles strong. But if these don't help, you may want to talk with your doctor about surgery.
Follow-up care is a key part of your treatment and safety. Be sure to make and go to all appointments, and call your doctor or nurse call line if you are having problems. It's also a good idea to know your test results and keep a list of the medicines you take.
Watch closely for changes in your health, and be sure to contact your doctor or nurse call line if:
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Current as of: October 6, 2017
Adam Husney, MD - Family Medicine
& Martin J. Gabica, MD - Family Medicine & Kathleen Romito, MD - Family Medicine
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