Cystocele happens when the bladder sags or presses into the vagina. It is also called bladder prolapse.
Pregnancy, pelvic surgery, or being overweight may damage the muscles and other support tissues in your pelvis. Or the muscles and tissues may get weaker as you age. These can make the bladder sag. This may cause uncomfortable pressure in your vagina.
A cystocele usually does not cause serious health problems. You may find relief by making lifestyle changes and doing exercises to make the pelvic muscles stronger. Talk to your doctor about steps you can take to reduce symptoms. If your symptoms go on, you may want to talk to 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 13, 2016
Adam Husney, MD - Family Medicine
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