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Signs of a dropped bladder. What does it look like? Can it fall out?

By Anonymous September 5, 2017 - 10:05pm
 
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Hello Anonymous,

Welcome to EmpowHER.

In women, the front wall of the vagina supports the bladder. This wall can weaken or loosen with age. Significant bodily stress such as childbirth can also damage this part of the vaginal wall. If it deteriorates enough, the bladder can prolapse, meaning it is no longer supported and descends into the vagina. This may trigger problems such as urinary difficulties, discomfort, and stress incontinence (urine leakage caused by sneezing, coughing, and exertion.

The bladder will not fall out of your body.

Prolapsed bladders (also called cystoceles or fallen bladders) are separated into four grades based on how far the bladder droops into the vagina.

Grade 1 (mild): Only a small portion of the bladder droops into the vagina.
Grade 2 (moderate): The bladder droops enough to be able to reach the opening of the vagina.
Grade 3 (severe): The bladder protrudes from the body through the vaginal opening.
Grade 4 (complete): The entire bladder protrudes completely outside the vagina; usually associated with other forms of pelvic organ prolapse (uterine prolapse, rectocele, enterocele).

Regards,
Maryann

September 6, 2017 - 7:24am
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