What Is a Collapsed Urinary Bladder?


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A collapsed urinary bladder occurs in women when the bladder collapses into the vagina, states WebMD. The condition is also known as a 'prolapsed bladder' or 'cystocele.'

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The bladder is ideally held in place by the vaginal wall. However, childbirth, menopause and straining while lifting objects or during bowel movements weaken and deteriorate the vaginal wall, resulting in the collapse, states WebMD.

Symptoms of a collapsed bladder include difficulty urinating, frequent urination, feeling a bulge in the vagina or that something is falling out of the vagina, according to the National Institutes of Health.

Treatment varies depending on the severity of the collapse and may include Kegel exercises, insertion of a vaginal pessary or surgery.

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