Dropped Bladder

What Is A Dropped Bladder?

Dropped bladder, also called prolapsed bladder, is when the bladder is no longer in the position it should be in. This problem occurs most often in women who have had children. The vagina often loses some of its strength which can cause the bladder to slip.

Another cause for dropped bladder is menopause. The changes in hormones can also cause the vaginal walls to weaken.  Women who have had children and are now in menopause are at a higher risk than menopausal women who have not had children.

Other possible causes of dropped bladder include heavy lifting which can cause the muscles in the vagina to become overstressed, straining during bowel movements and even the normal aging process.

The most noticeable symptom of dropped bladder is that urine may leak.  Women may notice this leakage after they laugh or cough.  There will also be a pressure in the abdomen, more frequent urination, and some women experience sexual symptoms as well.

Obviously, all of the above symptoms are unpleasant. Some women who experience leakage are too embarrassed to say anything. Others think whatever is causing the problem will clear up on its own.  The truth is that medical attention may be required in order to correct the problem.

To diagnose a dropped bladder, a vaginal exam is required. Ultrasounds, x-rays and blood work may also be done. Once the doctor determines that the symptoms are, in fact, being caused by a dropped bladder, he will work on a course of treatment.

Treatment varies depending on the severity of the condition. Some women may be able to correct the problem by doing simple Kegel exercises. The most severe cases will require surgery to place the bladder back into the correct place.

Of course, not all women who give birth and/or go through menopause will experience this condition. There are even ways that you can help prevent it. 

Because dropped bladder is caused by the weakening of the vaginal walls, if you work to keep those walls as strong as possible, you can reduce your risk of developing a dropped bladder. Doing Kegel exercises is the best way to do that.

Women who have dropped bladder are at a higher risk for other conditions such as urinary tract infections. There are emotional side effects as well.

Since the main symptom for dropped bladder is urine leakage, women may be hesitant to place themselves in social situations and, if they do, will find that they are extremely self-conscience and worried that leakage will occur.

Unless your case is so severe that surgery is required, the treatment plans will be aimed not at getting the bladder back in place, but in minimizing the symptoms.  One way this is done is through the use of a device called a pessary. A pessary can help to hold the bladder in the proper place.

You should also avoid doing anything that could cause strain on the vaginal muscles. This includes heavy lifting and straining.

With proper treatment, most people find relief from the symptoms of dropped bladder. Left untreated, the problem can get worse so see your doctor the first time that you notice a symptom. The sooner the treatment starts, the better the chances of success.