Fallen Bladder Symptoms

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Fallen bladder is also known as Cystocele. It is a condition in which the wall separating the bladder and the vagina becomes weak, allowing the bladder to fall into the vagina. There are several symptoms of this condition.

Fallen bladder is known as Cystocele.
Fallen bladder is known as Cystocele. (Image: wavebreakmedia/iStock/Getty Images)

Most Common Symptoms

The two main symptoms that can cause suspicion of fallen bladder are stress incontinence, which is the leaking of urine when coughing or laughing, and difficulty completely emptying the bladder.

Incontinence while laughing and coughing is a sign of stress incontinence.
Incontinence while laughing and coughing is a sign of stress incontinence. (Image: Jacob Wackerhausen/iStock/Getty Images)

Other Symptoms

Other symptoms that could be associated with a fallen bladder are pelvic pain, bulging in the vagina, and frequent and painful urination.

Frequent and painful urination are associated with a fallen bladder.
Frequent and painful urination are associated with a fallen bladder. (Image: Ingram Publishing/Ingram Publishing/Getty Images)

Causes

Causes of a fallen bladder are childbirth, menopause, chronic constipation and normal aging.

Childbirth is a cause of a fallen bladder.
Childbirth is a cause of a fallen bladder. (Image: Wavebreakmedia Ltd/Wavebreak Media/Getty Images)

Diagnosis

Diagnosis is performed using a voiding cystourethrography, which is accomplished by x-raying a person while the person is urinating. Other tests may include ultrasound and urinalysis.

Diagnosis is performed using a voiding cystourethrography.
Diagnosis is performed using a voiding cystourethrography. (Image: Wavebreakmedia Ltd/Wavebreak Media/Getty Images)

Treatment

Treatment options may include surgery or a pessary, which is fitted internally to hold the bladder in place. Less intrusive treatments are hormone therapy to strengthen the vaginal walls and kegel exercises.

Treatment can include surgery.
Treatment can include surgery. (Image: mediaphotos/iStock/Getty Images)

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