Prolapsed Bladder Specialist

Midwest Urogynecology

John P. Judd, MD

Gynecologist & Urogynecologist located in St. Louis, MO

A strong, healthy bladder plays a very important role in your wellness. When it loses its strength or stability, the bladder can prolapse, causing a range of symptoms. If you think you may be experiencing the effects of a prolapsed bladder, contact Midwest Urogynecology or use the online scheduler to book an appointment with John Judd, MD. He’s pleased to offer effective diagnostic and treatment options for patients in St. Louis, and surrounding areas.

Prolapsed Bladder Q & A

What is a prolapsed bladder?

The front wall of the vagina helps support the bladder. This wall can grow weak and loose with age, especially if you’ve experienced body stress from childbirth. In some cases, it deteriorates so much it can no longer support the bladder and the bladder pushes into the vagina. This condition is known as bladder prolapse, or vaginal prolapse.

There are four grades of intensity:

• Mild (grade 1), when just a modest part of the bladder pushes into the vagina

• Moderate (grade 2), when the bladder lowers enough to reach the vaginal opening

• Severe (grade 3), when the bladder extends from the body through the vagina

• Complete (grade 4), when the entire bladder extends outside of the vagina

What are the symptoms of a prolapsed bladder?

Bladder prolapse can cause a range of uncomfortable symptoms, such as :

  • Difficulty urinating
  • Frequent urinary tract infections
  • Lower back pain
  • Pain during intercourse
  • Pelvic pain or discomfort
  • Tender tissue sticking out from the vagina, which may bleed
  • Urinary incontinence

How is a prolapsed bladder diagnosed?

If you’re experiencing symptoms of bladder prolapse, see Dr. Judd for a pelvic exam. Depending on your symptoms, he may order a series of special X-rays, which are taken while you urinate. He may also test your muscles and nerves and the strength of your urine output or use a probe that allows viewing of the bladder to decide on the best possible treatment

How is a prolapsed bladder treated?

If your symptoms are mild, Dr. Judd may not recommend medical treatment — although activities such as heavy lifting may be restricted. For moderate to severe symptoms, one of the following may help:

  • Biofeedback, which uses a sensor to monitor muscular activity
  • Electrical stimulation, which strengthens muscles
  • Estrogen replacement therapy, for strengthened vaginal tissue
  • Implementation of a pessary, a device that keeps the bladder in place
  • Prolapsed bladder surgery, to hold the bladder in its proper place

How can I prevent my bladder from prolapsing?

A variety of steps can help lower your risk for developing bladder prolapse, including:

  • Avoiding straining during bowel movements
  • Eating a fiber-rich diet
  • Drinking plenty of fluids
  • Maintaining a healthy body weight