Relieving the pain and embarrassment caused by prolapsed bladder
A prolapsed bladder may result from your pelvic floor muscles becoming weakened or injured. The front wall of your vagina helps support your bladder, so any damage to the muscles in that area may cause symptoms such as:
- Chronic pelvic pain
- Difficulty urinating
- Frequent urinary tract infections
- Leaky bladder (stress urinary incontinence)
- Low back pain
- Pain during intercourse
- Tissue protruding from the vagina
- Trouble emptying your bladder completely
Pregnancy and delivery, heavy lifting or straining, and the loss of estrogen after menopause are all possible causes of damage to the pelvic floor muscles that may lead to prolapsed bladder. Main Line Health offers treatment options to help correct a prolapsed bladder and relieve your symptoms.
Treatment options to help support your bladder
Treatment for a prolapsed bladder depends on how weak your pelvic muscles have become and how far the bladder has prolapsed. Possible treatment options include:
- Bladder retraining – This treatment includes behavior modification, bladder testing and biofeedback to relieve urinary incontinence.
- Electrical stimulation therapy – Electrical stimulation can help relieve muscle pain caused by prolapsed bladder.
- Kegel exercises – You can strengthen your pelvic floor muscles anytime or anywhere with Kegel exercises, which involve squeezing and contracting your pelvic muscles.
- Lifestyle changes – You can make changes including healthy eating and exercise to eliminate constipation, which may cause straining. You should also avoid heavy lifting to reduce risk of injury to the vaginal wall.
- Vaginal pessary – This is a special insert that can be placed inside your vagina to provide support to your vaginal wall.
If your symptoms are severe, you may need surgery to help return your bladder to the correct location and strengthen your muscles in your vaginal wall. Main Line Health has urogynecology specialists with experience in female pelvic reconstructive surgery, including minimally invasive, laparoscopic surgery for prolapsed bladder.