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.
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
Bladder prolapse can cause a range of uncomfortable symptoms, such as :
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
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:
A variety of steps can help lower your risk for developing bladder prolapse, including: