Prolapsed Bladder–What Is That?

A prolapsed bladder, also known as a cystocele, occurs when a weakened bladder and vaginal wall stretches and the bladder bulges into the vagina. This doesn’t have to be as scary as it sounds.

Have you had “accidents” where you don’t get to the bathroom in time? Do you have a feeling that you never really empty your bladder? Do you have a feeling of pressure “down there” after you have been standing for long periods of time? Is sexual intercourse painful?

These are some of the symptoms of prolapsed bladder. Other ones are frequent bladder infections, increased discomfort when you strain, lift, cough or bear down.

If you have an “ah ha” moment when you read these symptoms, have your doctor perform a pelvic exam to see if you have this condition.

How does this happen, you might ask. The most common causes of prolapsed bladder are pregnancy and vaginal childbirth. Other contributing causes are straining due to constipation, a chronic cough, and being overweight. Aging is also a risk factor because the loss of estrogen after menopause can weaken pelvic muscles.

In severe cases, surgery may be necessary to repair the vaginal wall. But, in most cases, lifestyle changes can take care of this problem. Lose weight, get rid of that chronic cough, treat your constipation, and avoid heavy lifting.

I haven’t yet mentioned the most important lifestyle change: strengthen your pelvic wall through specific exercises. In most cases, kegel exercises are recommended but they are difficult to do properly, take 2 to 3 months before they become effective, and they don’t work for 60% of the people who do them.

Yes, there is a simple alternative. There are 2 exercises that will strengthen the pelvic floor muscles, get results in 2 or 3 weeks, and work for 80% of the people who do them. The first exercise is pushing your knees together against a ball. The second exercise is resisting pressure from an exercise band placed around the thighs. These exercises need to be combined with lifestyle changes (monitoring your fluid intake using a voiding diary, and activating your parasympathetic nervous system) to be effective.

If you have a mild to moderate prolapsed bladder, you may be able to make these lifestyle changes and heal yourself.

Please share your story with us in the comment area, below. Have you made changes that have worked for you? Any helpful hints for other people?

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