What Does A Prolapsed Bladder Feel Like?
Prolapsed Bladder, also known as a cystocele or a dropped bladder, can cause pain, heaviness, and even the sensation that something is falling out of your vaginal opening. Learn more about how it feels and how it’s treated below.
What Is A Prolapsed Bladder?
A dropped bladder, also known as a cystocele, is the most common type of pelvic organ prolapse in women over 50. A prolapsed bladder is classified as a grade 3 when the bladder has dropped so far that it bulges out of the vagina.
What Causes A Prolapsed Bladder?
A prolapsed bladder occurs when the pelvic floor becomes weakened or compromised, which can occur as a result of childbirth or menopause. The symptoms of a prolapsed bladder vary depending on the severity of the prolapse. Some women experience low back pain, pelvic pain, or a feeling of “fullness.” Premenopausal or perimenopausal women may experience more symptoms.
Treatment Options For A Prolapsed Bladder
A pessary is a small disc-shaped device that is inserted into the vaginal opening to treat a prolapsed bladder. Reconstructive surgery is the most common type of surgery for pelvic organ prolapse.
What are the signs and symptoms of prolapse?
Pelvic Organ Prolapse: What Are the Signs and Symptoms?
- A feeling of pressure or fullness in the pelvic area.
- A low-backache.
- Painful intercourse.
- A sensation that something is falling out of the vagina.
- Urinary problems such as leaking urine or a chronic urge to urinate.
What are the first signs of a prolapse?
Symptoms of a prolapsed pelvic organ
- A dragging discomfort inside your vagina.
- Feeling like something is coming down into your vagina u2013 it may feel like sitting on a small ball.
- Feeling or seeing a bulge or lump in or coming out of your vagina.
When does your bladder drop?
A cystocele (also known as a prolapsed, herniated, dropped, or fallen bladder) occurs when the ligaments that hold your bladder up and the muscle between your vagina and bladder stretch or weaken, allowing the bladder to sag into the vagina.
Can you live with a prolapsed bladder?
You’re not alone if you have pelvic organ prolapse; nearly one-third of women of all ages suffer from it at some point in their lives. While it’s usually not a serious health problem, it can be inconvenient, embarrassing, and impair your quality of life.
What happens if prolapse is left untreated?
If left untreated, prolapse can either stay the same or worsen over time; in rare cases, severe prolapse can result in kidney obstruction or urinary retention (inability to pass urine), which can lead to kidney damage or infection.
Can you feel a prolapsed uterus with your finger?
In order to empty their bowels, some women may need to insert a finger into their vagina and push the bowel back into place. Women with uterine prolapse may experience a dragging or heaviness in their pelvic area, which is often described as “feeling like my insides are falling out.”
Can you push a prolapse back into place?
You may be able to push a rectal prolapse back into place as soon as it occurs if you or your child has one.
What should you not do with a prolapse?
Avoid lifting, straining, or pulling if you have pelvic organ prolapse, and try not to be on your feet for long periods of time if at all possible. Some women find that standing a lot causes them to feel more pressure.
How do you check for prolapse?
Insert one or two fingers over the back vaginal wall (facing the rectum) to feel for any bulging under your fingers, first with strong coughing and then with sustained bearing down; a definite bulge under your fingers indicates a back vaginal wall prolapse.
What is a Stage 3 prolapse?
Stage 3: Pelvic floor organs have fallen to or beyond the opening of the vaginal opening; Stage 4: Pelvic floor organs have fallen completely through the vaginal opening.
How do you fix a prolapsed bladder without surgery?
You may be able to relieve some symptoms without surgery by doing exercises at home to strengthen your pelvic muscles, or your doctor may fit you with a device called a pessary, which can help you cope with pelvic organ prolapse.
How can you tell the difference between a prolapsed uterus and a bladder?
Uterine prolapse occurs when the uterus sags downward, while bladder prolapse, also known as a cystocele, occurs when the bladder sags downward.
Will my bladder prolapse get worse?
Can prolapse worsen over time? Some women’s prolapse worsens over time, while others’ prolapse remains the same despite conservative treatment options. Prolapse does not improve without surgery.
Does lying down help prolapse?
When you get home, if you suddenly start doing a lot more and are on your feet a lot more than you were in the hospital, this can sometimes cause a prolapse, or even just achiness or heaviness vaginally; if this happens, more frequent rests lying down can help.
How do I know if my prolapse is getting worse?
Pressure or a bulging sensation in the vaginal area that gets worse as the day goes on, difficulty urinating, and lower back pain are all signs of worsening pelvic organ prolapse.