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Bladder Prolapse Treatments


Talk with your doctor about the best treatment plan for you. For the mildest cases of cystocele and rectocele, no treatment is needed. For more serious cases, treatment options include the following:

Activity Modification

  • Your doctor may suggest that you avoid heavy lifting
  • Kegel exercises (squeezing the pelvic floor muscles) may help to strengthen the muscles around the vagina and bladder
  • For rectocele—a diet that allows for easy passage of stools by adding fiber, liquids, and a stool softener if necessary


A pessary is a device that is inserted into the vagina. It can provide support to keep the bladder and/or rectum in place.

Estrogen Replacement Therapy

Adding estrogen may help strengthen the walls of the vagina after menopause . It may be delivered in the form of pills, creams, or patches.


For severe cases, surgery may be needed to move the bladder or rectum back into place.

If you are diagnosed with cystocele or rectocele, follow your doctor's instructions .

Please be aware that this information is provided to supplement the care provided by your physician. It is neither intended nor implied to be a substitute for professional medical advice. CALL YOUR HEALTHCARE PROVIDER IMMEDIATELY IF YOU THINK YOU MAY HAVE A MEDICAL EMERGENCY. Always seek the advice of your physician or other qualified health provider prior to starting any new treatment or with any questions you may have regarding a medical condition. Copyright © 2018 EBSCO Publishing All rights reserved.

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