What is a "Dropped Bladder"?

If your doctor has stated that you have “a dropped bladder”, this could be the reason for going to the bathroom more often, feeling a bulge or pressure in the vagina, or leakage of urine.

How Did I Get a “Dropped Bladder”?

“Cystocele”, “a dropped bladder”, and “bladder prolapse” are all terms used to label the weakness of the support structures that separate the vagina from the bladder, resulting in the sagging of the bladder into the vagina.

This can cause a feeling of fullness or a bulge in the vagina and, occasionally, a protrusion which is felt coming outside of the vaginal opening. Other symptoms that are associated with this could include urinary leakage, frequent urination, and trouble emptying the bladder.

How Do Women Get this Condition?

Injury to the pelvic floor support structures during a vaginal delivery is the most common cause of a “dropped bladder”. This is particularly true with delivering large babies, tears during the delivery or the usage of suction devices or forceps during delivery. Some other causes could include chronic constipation, chronic heavy weight lifting, and hereditary weakness in pelvic support structures.

Some facts on female “dropped bladder” are listed below:

  • 50% of women who have had children will develop vaginal prolapse
  • 10-60% of women report urinary incontinence
  • 30-50% of women never seek treatment
  • 80-90% of cases can be successfully treated
  • Billions of dollars are spent on incontinence products every year
  • 11% of US women will need surgery for vaginal prolapse
  • Between 15-20 million people in the US have bladder control problems, and it is twice as common in women than men


Dropped bladder” is a treatable condition and is not a natural part of the aging process. Urogynecology specialists who specialize in female bladder disorders are the best type of physicians to treat this condition. A urogynecologist will provide you with the appropriate bladder testing, and depending on your case, non-surgical or surgical treatment choices.

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They offer a wide array of advanced diagnostic tools and specialized treatment options.

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Last updated: Oct 21, 2019 at 5:13 AM


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