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What Does Cystocele Feel Like
Dropped Bladder: A cystocele is one category of pelvic organ prolapse. Childbirth, obesity & smoking are risk factors but it can happen to anyone. As we age our connective tissue weakens and various body parts begin to dropp and sag. A cystocele is when the tissue holding up the bladder weakens allowing the bladder to dip into the vagina. Some will notice a bulge or increased pressure feeling requiring surgery. ...Read moreSee 4 more doctor answers
Exam: A cystocele occurs when there is a weakness of the support tissue between the bladder and vagina. Some patients don't ever know this is happening until they have an exam. Others will feel pressure and actually see or feel something hanging out of vagina. A good resource is: www.voicesforpfd.org ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Varied: A lot of the symptoms are related to the bladder....Frequency, recurrent uti, pressure, urgency, and incomplete emptying. Additionally, you might feel pelvic pressure and pain with intercourse. You might struggle with tampon placement or the feeling of something against your clothes. ...Read more
Prolapsed bladder: Sometimes acalled a prolapsed or "fallen" bladder and is a cyst-like swelling on front wall of vagina, due to poor pelvis muscle support. Caused by difficult vaginal birth deliveries or prolonged straining or coughing. Mild to moderate cystocele may be controlled by kegel exercises + Estrogens in post-menopausal women. Pessaries (temporary) or surgery ?Required for more severe or symptomatic cases. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Visually: If during a female exam the dr asks you to "bear down-as if having a bowel movement" we are looking for any weakness in the "pelvic floor"which is the area from the bottom of your pubic hair to your tail-bone.A bulge here suggests to us where the weakness is. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Seeing a bulge: at the entrance of the vagina. need for frequent urination. feeling of needing to urinate when not much is in the bladder. difficulty emptying the bladder none of these are 100% proof of a cystocele. you need to see a gynecologist or urogynecologist for further evaluation. hope this helps Dr. Morse ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Can be treated: Best to consult an experienced gynecologist. Can usually be corrected via a vaginal incision. Surgery pulls together tissue on either side of vagina. This pushes bladder neck back into it's correct position plus strengthens vaginal wall. Best treatment 4U ishould B discussed with your gynecologist. A vaginal pessary might be a satisfactory temporary solution 4 Ur problem. Temporary Bcos UR young ...Read more
Any surgery has risk: Risks of cystocele repair include but are not limited to: bleeding, infection, injury to surrounding tissue, organs, nerves, urinary incontinence, inability to empty bladder, constipation, erosion or exposure of sutures or implanted graft materials, sexual dysfunction, extended hospitalization, anesthesia or medicine reactions, recurrence of prolapse, diasbility and death..... ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Bladder tack.: Commonly referred to as a "bladder tack " a cystocele repair is a variety of procedures that are used to fix a prolapsed or dropping bladder. Typically sutures are used to repair the damaged supportive tissue between the bladder and the vagina. Sometimes a graft is used to reinforce this repair. The surgery can be performed through a vaginal or laparoscopic approach. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
May be: In my 42 years of obgyn practice I surprised by few cases that they were completely reduced after 5+ years and no surgery was necessary As you age the tissue lost its blood supply and turn fibrotic If your genetics is on your side and not to bare down for few years, it may improve Hate to say i can't recall any patient improved much with the kegels! high HRT worsen it ...Read more
Stage 2 cystocele when bearing down. Does that mean I am stage 0-1 until I bear down or am I stage 2 all day long?
Cystocele: Their is some subjective interpretation of degrees of pelvic organ prolapse. The doctor doing your exam or an experience Urogynecologist can give you a POP-Q score. This a more precise system for delineating degrees of pelvic organ prolapse. It applies more objective criteria for prolapse description. ...Read more
Lots of options: The treatment is really based on your expectations and desires. Options include, pessaries, pelvic floor physical therapy, behavioral modifications such as weight loss and smoking cessation, and surgery. The great news is cystoceles are not life threatening and you can work through lots of different options if you desire. ...Read more
Many options.: Observation - a cystocele does not necessarily need to be treated. Pessary - a pessary is a device that can be inserted into the vagina to support the bladder or any other organ that is dropping. Surgery - there are a variety of surgeries that can be used to repair cystocele. Consult with your doctor to determine which procedure would be best suited for your particular problem. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Higher risk: Cystocele or any form of pelvic organ prolapse is like a hernia. The number one risk factor is genetics. Factors such as shape of our pelvic bones, strength of our collagen are inherited. Other lifestyle factors are number of pregnancies and vaginal deliveries. Factors you can modify are: keep pelvic muscles healthy by doing kegels, avoid chronic constipation, maintain normal weight. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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