Cystocele and Incontinence

Characteristics of a Cystocele

  • A cystocele is also known as a ‘dropped bladder’ or “prolapsed bladder’. These terms are interchangeable but refer to the same condition.
  • A cystocele is a weakened wall between the bladder and vagina, which results in the bladder dropping into the vagina.
  • There are varying grades of cystocele, which will affect the number and severity of symptoms present.

Causes of a Cystocele

  • Muscle strains are a common cause for a cystocele. Giving birth puts a large amount of stress on the body, which in return could cause weakening of the wall between the bladder and vagina. Heavy lifting and constipation may also cause a muscle strain that could lead to cystocele.
  • Cystocele can also form from the weakening of the muscles during menopause when estrogen levels decrease.

This is an image of a normal female urinary tract from National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases, National Institutes of Health. In a cystocele, the bladder drops into the vagina.

Which type of Urinary Incontinence is impacting your life?

There are a number of different types of urinary incontinence that affect women. The cause for each is different and symptoms may vary, but each condition of urinary incontinence could hinder day-to-day life and requires urological supplies and medical intervention.

For additional information on Cystocele, you can visit these websites:

Source: “Cystocele.” National Kidney and Urologic Diseases Information Clearinghouse. National Institutes of Health, 29 June 2012.

Leave a Reply