Dropped Bladder – Symptoms, causes and treatment
Symptoms of Bladder Prolapse
A dropped bladder, or bladder prolapse, as it is also known, occurs when the bladder slips out of position due to a weakening in the vagina walls. The walls of the vagina help support the bladder and keep it in its correct position. Some of the main causes of a dropped bladder are lifting very heavy objects, or repeatedly straining during bowel movements, which weaken and strain the muscles surrounding the vagina and bladder. The biggest and main cause however is childbirth. The muscle of the vagina is put under intense strain when a woman is having a baby. The walls stretch and often tear.
Causes of Dropped Bladder
Often the bladder slips out of its original position due to the weakness in the vaginal walls. The bladder may become partly positioned outside the abdomen. Menopause is another risk factor that contributes to a dropped bladder. Estrogen levels fall dramatically after menopause, and estrogen is what keeps the vagina walls toned. This drop in hormone levels can lead to a prolapsed bladder. Women of menopause age who have had children are at high risk for a prolapsed bladder.
Managing Prolapsed Bladder
A woman suffering from a dropped bladder may experience urine leaking. Laughing, coughing and other physical activities will often bring on urinary incontinence. The reason for this is that the abdominal muscles are pressing down on the dropped bladder causing urine to leak out. A prolapsed bladder can be very uncomfortable.. The bladder tissue can be exposed through the opening and become raw and painful. Needless to say, sexual function will suffer as well.
How to Diagnose Cystocele(Fallen Bladder)?
A vaginal examination is required to confirm whether it is really a case of prolapsed bladder. A person will be required to cough or push while being examined to determine how the bladder is positioned. Alternative treatment can be as simple as Kegel exercises for mild cases. Kegels strengthen the walls of the vagina so that the bladder will maintain its correct position. A post menopausal woman may benefit from hormone replacement therapy.
Sometimes a device called a pessary can be inserted into the vagina to hold the bladder in place. For more serious cases, surgery may be recommended. The bladder is repositioned and support is restored by the insertion of stitches in the front and back walls of the vagina. Definitely make an appointment with your doctor if you are experiencing the discomfort of a dropped bladder.