Cystocele – Facts

Cystocele is also known as prolapsed bladder. It is a medical condition in which a woman’s bladder bulges into her vagina area, usually near the top of the wall. It should not be confused with Rectocele.

Here are some facts that you should know:

Childbirth and Cystocele

Cystocele Repair may be indicated for mothers who have undergone childbirth. Essentially during the process of childbirth, the support tissues to the urethra and bladder are very much pinched between the female bony pelvis and the bony skull of the fetus resulting in injury, stretching, and laxity causing damage to the support tissues of the bladder and the urethra.

Typically a cystocele appears as a vaginal bulge, often urinary obstruction with blockage symptoms such as a weak stream of urine. There is also bladder over activity including frequency, urgency, and failure to empty bladder completely because of the kinking effect of the dropped bladder on the urethra.

Urinary infections could also be a symptom of dropped bladder because of the pooling of bacteria in the state of urinary stasis inside the bladder. There would also be the need for manual reduction in order to void properly and in some cases there is painful intercourse.

Aging May Cause Cystocele

By the time the woman is in her 70’s, she has had about a twelve percent chance of being operated for incontinence or prolapse.

That is how common the uterine prolapse is and how frequent the Cystocele Repair is indicated. Inciting factors for pelvic relaxation are often obstetrical. A faulty vaginal delivery with large babies where the mother has exerted efforts in straining which causes the weakening of the fascia support is one factor.

Inciting factors also include hysterectomy (the removal of the uterus) and vaginal surgery such as dilatation and curettage and others. Bilateral tubal ligation could also be associated with the process of urinary bladder drop. Other obstetrical and gynecological procedures are as well documented to have some association of the development of a cystocele.

However, obstetrical factors remain the foremost factors in the induction of the process of pelvic relaxation as well as stress urinary incontinence or SUI.

May Cause Urinary Incontinence

The Urinary Bladder can store more than 500 milliliters of sterile urine that has been filtered by the kidney. When one has urge to urinate, the urinary bladder contracts to excrete the urine out from the body.

Cystocele Bladder Prolapse is one medical condition that disrupts the normal physiology of the excretory system of our body. This condition is known to have cause urinary incontinence most especially to women, where the urinary bladder goes downward to the vaginal wall.

Cystocele Bladder Prolapse occurs because of weak or torn fibrous tissues that support the pelvic organs when there is low supply of estrogen in the body. Because of this condition, the urinary bladder is not capable of storing the normal amount of urine and may cause the women to have urinary incontinence.

When there is physical stress, you wouldn’t notice that you have already passed urine without your knowledge because of Cystocele Bladder Prolapse.


Cystocele Bladder Prolapse interrupts the normal physiology of the excretory system that is focused on the excretion of urine from the body.

Products of cellular metabolism are helpful to the growth and progression of human life, but some are toxic and needs to be excreted out of the body. With the collaboration of different organs in the body, the excretory system comes into work.

Cystocele or otherwise known as a Prolapse of Bladder is a medical condition that needs to be addressed quickly to restore the normal functions of the excretory system. This condition is characterized by the kinking of the urethra because of the descent of the urinary bladder into the vagina.

If this problem is not addressed quickly, stasis of urine in the bladder could lead to infection and sepsis. There would also be urinary incontinence because of lack of control with the urethra and the sphincter that holds the urine in the bladder.

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