Last Modified on Jun 21, 2014
What Is Cystocele?
A fairly common condition in women, a cystocele occurs as the supportive tissue between a woman’ bladder and vaginal weakens and stretches. As this tissue is damaged in this way, it allows the bladder to lower or bulge into the vagina. The resulting cystocele is also known as a prolapsed bladder.
Many women have some degree of bladder prolapse, few women experience any signs or symptoms. In more moderate to severe cases, however, many signs are common. The typical symptoms of prolapsed bladder include a full or heavy feeling in the pelvis and vagina, heightened discomfort when coughing, straining, bearing down or lifting, and a tissue bulge that protrudes the vaginal opening and may feel like sitting on an egg. Additional symptoms include the feeling of not completely emptying the bladder after urination, frequent bladder infections, pain or urinary leakage during intercourse.
A cystocele is caused by the weakening and stretching of the connective tissue supporting the bladder and pelvic organs. This damage can be caused by a number of factors. Trauma such as childbirth or chronic straining of the pelvic floor muscles are the most common causes. Additionally, being overweight or obese, lifting heavy objects repeatedly, straining with bowel movements, and coughing chronically may contribute to bladder prolapse.
Natural Remedies for Cystocele / Prolapsed Bladder
While often treated medically, bladder prolapse surgery is not the only option to correct and treat a prolapsed bladder. As prolapse is caused by the weakening of the muscles, doing kegels daily helps tighten the muscles and hold the bladder in place correctly. Magnesium, vitamin D and other supplements help balance the body’s natural hormones and support muscle tone for correcting prolapse. Red raspberry leaf, nettle, witch hazel and alfalfa are easily found herbs that can also be used to treat prolapse. Regular exercise and maintaining a healthy weight are also important parts of a regimen to treat prolapsed bladder and avoid bladder prolapse surgery. See below for many detailed recommendations from Earth Clinic readers.
[YEA] 03/09/2013: Kathy from the USA: "I am in my sixties and discovered that gelatin capsules are what caused my prolapse. I could not tolerate ingesting capsules. I always opened them and took the contents. When I started to use the stool softeners I had to swallow the capsule(s). I then experienced prolapse... This was just this past Dec. When I stopped using the stool softeners the prolapse began to subside. I juggle between probiotics, magnesium powder and the stool softeners. When I walk, go up and down the stairs or stand at the kitchen sink I do Kegels. I also do them when I lift ten lbs. from the floor... As you come up, tuck & squeeze your butt. I was fortunate to recognize this early enough to fix it (just a few months) so if anyone has ingested supplements in capsules for a period of time it may take longer."Replies
03/09/2013: Kathy from the USA replies: "I am post menopause and when the prolapse was extreme I used super tampons saturated with lubricating jelly overnight and/or a few hours during the day until I got better control and things stayed in place. If constipation necessitates stool softeners and the prolapse starts, I use the tampon again."
03/09/2013: Joy from Battleground, Wash replies: "Please explain how gelatin causes Prolapse.... I am really curious?"
03/10/2013: Deidre from Sydney, Australia replies: "I read that Prolapse is caused by a toxic bowel. If you have a toxic bowel, maybe the stool softeners just allowed the bowel to push further down. Just a thought.
I would start on colonics, eating prunes, caster oil, start juicing and go on a raw food diet because raw foods contain digestive enzymes."
03/10/2013: Kathy from the USA replies: "I'm sorry, I cannot provide details but when I was in communication with those fighting the FDA about MSG issues I had been informed that gelatin is made from bone. During the manufacturing process, glutamic acid is created and is a nerve stimulant that can stimulate some nerve cells to death, depending how sensitive you are which is determined on how your mother ate while she was pregnant with you. Glutamic acid is naturally occurring BUT when it is a consequence of manufacture it is toxic to many. It is just not recognized. The medical profession is not keeping up with what is happening to our food. More money is wasted on "research" to find cures instead of eliminating the probable cause. It took me over twenty years to learn about the ramifications of processed free glutamic acid but by the process of elimination I learned. I hope this helps. There is a website you could go, and I have seen it listed in other posts here, but I don't know if it is permitted and I wouldn't want this post to be deleted. I will also mention that I had a breech vaginal delivery many years ago but I never experienced any prolapse until I ingested the gelatin capsules."
03/16/2013: Jennifer from Ash Grove, Mo/ Usa replies: "Hi, Kathy! I just finished reading your post about the gelatin capsules. I was wondering if you knew whether or not the vegetarian gelatin capsules were okay to use?? I put my own powdered herbs into vegetarian gelatin capsules and wondered if this was acceptable. Do you know anything about this type of capsule?? Please let me know if you do. Thank you!"
03/17/2013: Kathy from the USA replies: "Hi Jennifer, I would not use them. You could mix your powdered herbs in some unsweetened applesauce or, as I do with one of my probiotics, sprinkle the capsule contents between apricots halves and let my saliva mix/dissolve the powder as I swallow. Our food is being engineered to last longer so it has become harder to digest. There was a short period of time that I started getting the "grass-fed" or "free-range" meat, chicken, eggs and milk. All those critters are being fed genetically modified grains and grasses (GMO). The beef was harder on my husband's and my kidneys, I started to experience incontinence from the chicken (I was a big meat and egg eater). By the process of elimination I learned this. I had to get 2% milk because the "grass-fed" dairy cows are being fed GMO grasses and grain to produce more milk, especially in the winter. Even the "free-range" chicken eggs caused me indigestion. I never trusted "organics" and recently found some information to confirm I was correct. I cannot afford the costs anyway.
In my opinion fresher is no longer better. I get frozen or canned vegetables without salt (the flowing agent in salt is another hidden culprit). Salt is not the problem... It is the flowing/anti-caking agent. I use sea salt. The frozen or canned is blanched at their peak so I feel they are better for you. I feel we have grown up eating things that our body has been "conditioned" to tolerate or build up an immunity to. No proof of this... Just my reasoning. I no longer get the extra large eggs. I get medium and I only buy eggs in the cardboard cartons. The yolks seem to have a richer yellow/orange color and I am better able to keep my weight down, which I had struggled with for years. I now limit my eggs and meat consumption because they contain more carbohydrates than they used to. I get the 2% milk in glass bottles because it is safer even though I have to limit that because of the "carb" content NOW.
As far as toxic bowels... For the last few years I have been taking 1/2 tsp. dry mustard in 1/2 Cup cold water first thing in the morning, on an empty stomach to "prime the pump" for bowel evacuation. Mustard is an antiseptic and someone on this site posted they had to use mustard instead of antibiotics. I don't remember where that post was or what I was looking up. There is no doubt that the capsules cause my prolapse because when I stop ingesting them, my prolapse subsides."
03/17/2013: Kathy from the USA replies: "HEY DEIDRE... I'm sorry I confused your post with what Jennifer posted. As you see, I remarked about "toxic bowel" to her. Because hidden sources of MSG stimulate nerve cells, maybe it affects the ligaments that hold organs in place. I don't know but if I have the money to alter the probiotics like I did I have good results. I have very limited income. I happened to have stool softeners on hand that I had purchased for our dog. It is ONLY when I have to use them that I experience prolapse. Everyone is different and will react in a different way to hidden sources of manufactured glutamic acid.
It makes me sad that I can't afford to have a dog anymore :-( :-("
03/17/2013: Kathy from the USA replies: "Hi again Jennifer, I don't know whether I replied to you here, in response to your post, or if it was another place... Where Deidre responded. I have to work on this piecemeal. I'm not real familiar with this site and what I read I cannot remember all so I don't know if posts are categorized. I confused what Deidre said as coming from you... What she said is also true. I think the two issues relate to each other. Where the ligaments are weakened and not keeping things in place, it seems that stool collects (it was reported that I have a "very tortuous colon") and can begin to ferment. If I get over 100lbs. I know I'm full of... impacted fecal matter and I'm fortunate to have the time needed to evacuate completely. Sometimes it takes a very long time because nerve cells are dead that would prompt elimination. I'm sure I must be a candidate for a colostomy but I don't want to live the rest of my life like that."
04/01/2013: Claudine from Norwalk, Ct replies: "to Kathy -- very interesting about gelatin capsules and a prolapsed bladder! I consume a lot of supplements in capsule form every day and didn't think twice about it! Is there any place I can research this further? I have started to dump the contents out into a smoothie now. Thanks for your postings."
04/02/2013: Kathy from the USA replies: "Hi Claudine, I only learned what the gelatin capsules were doing to me because of trying to avoid msg in our food. This has been over a twenty-year endeavor during which I have learned much. I don't believe anyone else has reported this effect from gelatin capsules. I reported this to the friend who helped me become aware of the damaging effects of hidden msg in our food. The piecemeal process of elimination over the years is all the confirmation I need to know the gelatin capsules caused my problem. If I have to use stool softeners and begin to feel the prolapse I use a super plus tampon for a few hours during which I "tuck and squeeze" while walking around. Before I discovered it was the gelatin capsules I had to use two of the super plus tampons. Ingestion of other sources of msg could certainly contribute. With what is being done to our food it is nearly impossible to avoid."
05/05/2013: Sunny from Central, Wa replies: "Constipation: Having a prolapsed bladder and fighting with constipation off and on all my life, I found that rather than using stool softners, I have had very good luck with a product that contains Psyllium husk, Psyllium seed, Marshmallow root, Slippery Elm bark, and Aloe Vera leaf. I like it better than anything else I've tried. (better than Metamucil which I used previously) It comes in a powder form so no worry about the gelatin capsules. Hope this helps some of you that also have constipation issues."
05/07/2013: Kathy from the USA replies: "Hi Sunny, Thanks for you suggestion. I have tried some I am full of adhesions due to multiple surgeries. I have narrowings in my "pipeline" and the psyllium husk does not create the pliable products for elimination that I need."
06/13/2013: Kathy from Some, Where, The Usa replies: "Hi again Claudine, I've been wondering if you had thought about using food that contains the vitamins/minerals that you need instead of the supplements. That's what I've been trying to do but our food has been changing and that's affecting the supplements too."
07/28/2013: Kt from USA replies: "This reply is for Sunny: Where can I purchase the powdered product you are referring to? (It took me awhile to process what you were saying)... Fractured skull and multiple head traumas several decades ago. I saw "psyllium husk" and did not process "powder"... Probably doesn't make sense to you but it is difficult for me to sit here long periods of time. ANYWAY, I'm really interested in looking for the product you suggested. Is it available at a well-known drug store that starts with a "C"? That is closer to me than the health food store. I have to plan two days ahead if I'm going to travel that far (only eight miles) but in my condition I don't travel if I have a hint of needing the bathroom. I don't think we can provide names or brand names here... When I'm in this uncomfortable situation I don't what I'm reading... I can't use my head... I feel like I'm going to POP. I need immediate relief."
04/24/2014: Ann from Indiana, Usa replies: "I have struggled with constipation and prolapse for 30 years. I had two surgeries which are ineffective soon after so I have just put up with it, trying to limit my lifting, which usually is what bothers me. I have used psyllium powder for years but in the last 2 years found that aloe vera juice helps soften my stool. Some tastes terrible but I found a brand (starts with G) that tastes like water. I add it to my smoothies and my lemon water that I carry with me all day. I have learned how much to put in to avoid loose stools but seldom have hard stools any more, depending on what I have eaten."
05/24/2014: Cy from Florida replies: "Can you please the name of the product that has Psyllium husk, Psyllium seed, Marshmallow root, Slippery Elm bark, and Aloe Vera leaf?"
05/24/2014: Kt from Usa replies: "Hi Cy--No one answered my questions yet, either. I'm letting you know I'm going to call some pharmacies before I try the health food store, thinking they would be less expensive."
[YEA] 01/28/2010: Anke from Esher, Surrey, United Kingdom: "I had a stage 2 cystocele and it improved about 90% with the following:
Daily kegel exercises, as many as possible. Start slowly and work up to 10-20 an hour. I added a vaginal exerciser for resistance, it made a big difference
Acupuncture, 3 times a week! over 2 months, plus herbs to build blood (had hemorrhaged postpartum which had made me very weak). This made a huge difference but it has to be frequent. In China they'd have daily treatment.
Jin Shin Jyutsu ( a form of acupressure) self help and sessions with the same purpose of increasing the ascending energy which hold organs in place. Work on spleen, umbilicus, kidney meridians etc. This is a good substitute if acupuncture is unaffordable, as you can do it yourself.
Yoga, all inverted poses and forward bends with breath work. I took some private Yoga lessons for this problem and it does help.
And of course good nutrition to nourish blood and overall energy. Exhaustion and depletion can lead to prolapse - in Chinese Medicine it is known as "collapsed qi".
04/25/2013: Tamara from Fort Collins, Colorado, Usa: "Hello, folks. I am writing about some alternative information about bladder prolapse, also called pelvic organ prolapse. Although I do not struggle with this condition, I very much want to avoid it, as it obviously can lead to lots of pain and possibly ineffective surgeries. Also, it can affect anyone, regardless of gender, age, or previous pregnancies (or lack of). Men are not immune from Pelvic Organ Prolapse! If I can advise any one thing, I would absolutely avoid prolapse surgery at all costs. They have been shown to not only be ineffective at treating the issue and stopping the prolapse, but also can contribute to more pain and risk of further surgeries! That doesn't sound like a fair trade-off to me. However, the road to recovery may require many different avenues to explore and lots of hard work.
I am not at all an expert, but I wanted to pass along this information as I feel it is vital for everyone to learn about how to heal our bodies and live in the most natural way possible. I follow Katy Bowman's blog for this reason. She is a biomechanist, mother, and natural movement specialist that has dedicated her life to helping people understand and use their bodies in the most mechanically appropriate way. Two blog posts specifically address pressure issues like prolapse, here:
To summarize very briefly, she explains how and why our organs may be pushed out of their normal spaces and talks about steps to rectify these issues. Some people will find relief by letting go of internal pressure (which may be harder than it sounds), aligning your body appropriately (which is NOT the same as posture! ), and strengthening your pelvic floor (not tightening! ) I believe that diet, supplements, kegels, gentle exercise and other remedies can also play a part in healing this unfortunate condition. The information she presents is vast and thorough, with many conditions connecting together as our body parts are connected. I encourage anyone to check out her information and see how she can help you.
Please know that this will be very intensive and mindful work, as it is unraveling years (decades) of habits that have accumulated in unbalanced loads on the body. You might need to follow up with someone who is familiar with the issues presented. Katy's blog is filled with free, useful information, but she also runs an educational business dedicated to teaching better practices to movement specialists like yoga and Pilates instructors, doulas and midwives, physical therapists and chiropractors, and more. There may be someone in your area that can help you on your journey to overcome prolapse. She is not the only one teaching this information, but I don't know anyone else specifically.
I suggest starting with these two blog posts and then moving on to the posts directed towards the pelvic floor in general. The information is practically unlimited and affects issues like back pain, foot and leg pain, pregnancy issues, balance, digestion, exercise pain, carpal tunnel syndrome, bunions, and it goes on and on.
I hope someone gets relief by reading this."
[NAY] 04/17/2009: Sandra from London, U.K.: "Hi
Does anyone know of anything that helps get rid of prolapses?
I've had a prolapse of the bladder for a few years, it's where an organ in my case the bladder, (but it can be other organs like the uterus), falls out of position. In some extreme cases the uterus can come outside of the body, but my case isn't as extreme as that.
I've tried a lot, acupuncture, herbs (chinese and western),arvingo abdominal massage, castor oil packs, visualisation, supplements, maca, bluegreen algae, blackstap just to improve my nutrition and I'm fairly healthy, but it's resistant to any change.
I'd love to hear from anyone out there who was able to do anything about this condition or has any tips. I do worry about what will happen in my forties, whether it will get much worse, lead to another prolapse etc..
05/18/2009: Del from Winnipeg, Manitoba replies: "I heard many years ago that a slant board does wonders for a prolapsed bladder. Please post the results if you try it."
03/07/2013: Caregiver from Fresno, Ca replies: "A Prolasped bladder can get worse. As a caregiver, I've seen bladder protruding out of the vaginal area with the elderly. Not qualified for surgical proceedure due to age."
[YEA] 02/05/2010: Tanya from Townsville, Queensland, Australia: "My bladder weakness and slight prolapse is improved with rebounding on a mini trampoline. I do kegel pelvic floor exercises, albeit inconsistently, however rebounding 7 mins twice daily (I started at 2 mins and build by 1 daily) has given me the best result. After 1 week I have already noticed that leakage on jumping is almost nonexistent."Replies
02/07/2010: Francisca from Michelbach-le-bas, France replies: "I am suprised not to find rebounding (or trampolining as we call it here in Europe), mentioned more often on this site. I discovered it a while ago when I was trying to diminish my myopia. Rebounding works for a lot of ailments and is a great way to exercise too. First I bought a cheap one in a sports shop and after that a more expensive one from my optometrist. I really prefer the second one and never use the first one anymore although the second one is many times more expensive. I would say that if you didn't try the better ones you will be perfectly happy with the cheaper version. I bought a great exercise DVD (a pity one can't name products here) and I really have great fun. Many times I just play some CD I like and do the moves I want. If the weather is good I do it outside on the terrace. I would really recommend this kind of exercise to anybody, young and old and if you have children this is also a great way to have fun and stay healthy and fit at the same time! The benefits of rebounding are huge, you can look them up on the Internet. I couldn't believe it that I had never heard of it other than as a play tool for children."
12/11/2010: Marilyn from Oswego, Il replies: "Just found out I have vaginal prolapse. Wouldnt this make the organs fall more with the jumping like that?"
[NAY] 09/04/2011: Gingermegs from Sydney, Nsw Australia replies: "WARNING- I tried rebounding and it made me get a prolapse or at least made a slight one much worse. I googled this and several women and sites said rebounding can cause it.
I am going to be checked by a specialist and may need surgery. It is much more pronounced when I am tired. I have Sjogren's which makes me constipated. I used to be able to strenghthen my bladder with Kegels, but it is just getting worse as I get closer to 60."
02/22/2013: Joy from Battleground, Wash replies: "I have this problem plus a few others. I have noticed some helps along the way. I had physical therapy and kegals and that was helpful but other issues added complications to the mix. Hormone creams helped with muscle tone and then magnesium and vit D also helped balance the hormones. The battle is still on for me but I walk daily and keep constipation under control as it wreaks havok on the pelvic floor and toxicity. I am trying to get rid of hepatic liver cysts that are putting a load on my core at the moment with milk thistle and alfalfa tablets. I had cysts removal surgery but it didn't work. I love my inversion table to get the bladder to go up for a break from the pressure. Recently bought an exercise ball to sit on to use core muscles and it is less painfull to sit on than a chair. On bad days I use my pessary from my Ob/Gyn....hope that helps... Let me know if you find any answers."
10/21/2013: Kt from Usa replies: "Joy, I read in "Latest Posts" a problem you were having with painful prolapse. I could not reply right away and when I came back to search for that post I could not locate it. I wanted to warn you that the painful "bulge" you feel may not be just your bladder. It could be a build up of stool that is collecting in your colon/rectum and pressing against your vaginal wall. Using one or two super plus tampons dipped in witch hazel and/or some lubricating jelly for that dryness can push the "prolapse" back so you are able to expel the stool...even gas can contribute to the bulge. If you cannot get the stool out it can either become malignant or gangrene can develop."
[YEA] 05/22/2013: Mrs. Hill from Fayetteville, Ar: "I am in my forties and have given birth naturally to several babies, including some ten pound babies. This is not easy on the pelvic floor and after my last few babies I realized my uterus and bladder were prolapsing. (Midwife says everything is prolapsing! ) It is particularly bad after a birth. It usually gets somewhat better in a few months. However, after my last baby it never got better. (He is almost 2. ) Espeically at the end of the day, my bladder would be uncomfortably low.
Recently, I had a very long day and realized my bladder wasn't low or bothering me. Then I realized it hadn't been bothering me for a couple of weeks. I am pretty sure it is because of Red Raspberry Leaf tea! I started drinking this tea daily several months ago since it is so good for the female system. I have been drinking LOTS of it--3-4 cups a day, faithfully! It is the only thing different that I have been doing. Today I checked a favorite book of mine, "Practical Herbalism. " Sure enough, in the description of Red Raspberry, the author references a older book that talked about using Red Raspberry Leaf for pelvic prolapse!
I was figuring I would just have to have surgery to get everything fixed "up. " But I know people that have done that and had less than wonderful results. Plus, I don't really want to have surgery.
This is a slow way to heal a problem and my problem isn't as severe as it could have been, but it is a cheap and easy and safe and healthy solution for an uncomfortable problem.
If you try this, use mostly Red Raspberry Leaf in your tea. You can also add in some nettle and alfalfa for nutrition or some kind of mint for flavor. I mix my own dry herbs. Then I put 3 T. of the herb mixture in a quart jar and pour boiling water over it. I let it steep for 15 minutes. (Do not keep on the heat. ) Then I strain out the herbs and sweeten. I drank almost a quart a day for months. You can buy tea bags and use 3 - 4 a day, making sure to steep for 15 minutes to extract the maximum benefit from the herbs. Lots of pregnancy teas or women's teas will have lots of red raspberry leaf in them if you don't want to bother making your own mix.
Just for completeness, I do eat healthy, whole foods, made a home, not a lot of sugar, lots of water (including Apple Cider Vinegar, but I have done that for years. ) I also try to get out and walk several times a week, just a mile or so. I do think keeping the muscles strong is important and would like to get more and better excercise, but I am kind of busy raising kids. :)
Hope that helps someone!"Replies
05/23/2013: Joy from Battleground, Wash replies: "Thank you for this post on red raspbery leaf tea. How do you dry your leaves for the least amount of mold spores?"
05/23/2013: Mrs. Hill from Fayetteville, Ar replies: "When I said I make my own, I meant I mix my own tea together but I buy the leaves from reputable sources locally or online. I usually get organic ones."
05/24/2013: Joy from Battleground, Wash replies: "I got some leaves from a neighbor today, lots of organic garndeners in my area. Did some research online and they said you could glean them from streambeds and dry them and store them. I boiled 2 cups water and put in two leaves and turned off water and let it sit. Tastes good, kinda sweet but not sugary
I buy drying hangers from the dollar store/asian market and a dozen or so clothesline clips hang on a plastic circle from the hanger and I hung a stem of three leafs on each one to dry by the woodstove."
10/14/2011: Rxgrandma from Fruitport, Mi: "Is there anything other than surgery for prolapse? Am doing Kegel exercises, but is there anything that will thicken the tissue and strengthen it?"Replies
10/24/2011: Christina from Dallas, Texas replies: "Two things I have heard of to help vaginal or bladder prolaspe. One is called the Kegelmaster. It is mechanical device you buy and use daily and follow the instructions to strengthen the muscles. Also there are vaginal weights that you can buy that are suppose to help, They start at a certain size and go up as your muscles get stronger."
12/29/2011: Lolly from Monsey, Ny - Usa replies: "It's a bit difficult to recommend a garment that works amazing without mentioning a name. So, this garment is a feminine support garment and you can do a search on Google. It's a garment made and manufactured in the USA and on the market for about 12 years. Their website is all pink, so you will know if you found the correct site.
It's an amazing product that lifts the prolapse with external pressure and is quite comfortable.
Good luck! Lolly"
04/24/2013: Mufon from Houghton Lake, Mi replies: "Please tell us what the name is, maybe give a more general hint? Can't we give names on here of things? I'm Desperate and don't want surgery."
04/24/2013: Joy from Battleground, Wash replies: "Those garments look like they would hold you up all right but THE COST is the same as a pessary. If your body is not holding your bladder up, you are losing those muscles that would hold it.
It is better to address the underlying issues of vitamin and mineral deficiencies that are causing hormone imbalances and causing your muscles let go of the bladder.
After correcting vitamin and mineral issues, try using bio identical progesterone creams or as some women here are using the dhea tabs intravaginally.
Muscles need minerals , like magnesium to make them relax , and calcium makes them contract. Collagen makes the tissues elastic and you need certain minerals and vitamins and proteins and omegas for collagen production.
You will want it for your face too. I encourage you if you are young to address the deeper issues behind the prolapse.
You can do kegals, like I did, in the hundreds a day but it won't help if your muscles don't have what they need to recover."
04/25/2013: Kathy from the USA replies: "Hi--Please read the posts here under Ailments for prolapsed bladder. Deidre is correct but I only have the problem when I ingest sources of MSG... Gelatin capsules put me over the limit of what my body can tolerate. There are approximately 13. 7mg of MSG in each one. MSG is a nerve stimulant that can stimulate some nerve cells to death. I believe this includes the ligaments that hold organs in their place. Stool softeners are being required more now due to what is happening to our food, making it harder to digest, that can contribute to constipation. I have learned that using a super plus tampon pushes the prolapse back where it is supposed to be, long enough for the bowel to keep moving. Please be aware that the binders and fillers in supplements are also hidden sources of MSG. Even the "active ingredient" of the supplements and medications could be coming from genetically modified plants. Hidden sources of MSG are the cause of many ailments that can be avoided just by eliminating them instead of possibly doing more damage looking for things to "cure" what could have contributed to the real problem to begin with. I hope I have not caused you confusion. There has been an erosion going on that will not be fixed overnight. All of our food is tainted and constantly changing. My PCP remarked how medicine keeps changing every four to five years."
06/06/2014: Kt from Usa: "When needing to use a tampon I pour Witch Hazel in the lid and dip the end of the tampon in it. This will cause the end of the tampon to "fan" out and then I slowly apply the lubricating jelly. Because the tampon is soaked more with the Witch Hazel, I get more benefit from the jelly because obviously so much is not soaked into the tampon."
04/27/2013: Joy from Battleground, Wash: "It's a new day, yes, thankfully. We overcome!
Has anyone tried to use witch hazel over a long period of time for prolapsed bladder. I use it topically for rashes and skin tags from 3-episiotomies that the skin couldn't hold the stitches and now are little skin tags, so fun..... NOT!
I know witch hazel is used to shrink hemmorhoids, in suppositories... I use it to tighten skin on my face, especially around the eyes. Basically love the stuff.
Been trying to put it in the vaginal cavity with finger and get bladder to go back up."Replies
04/30/2013: Joy from Batttleground, Wash replies: "To UPDATE in the prolapsed bladder site my post on witch hazel.... Day 4, bladder is mostly up and I reapply the witch hazel with my finger if it drops but not until I notice it is down. Mostly it is up.
I AM SOOOOO THANKFUL TO HAVE RELIEF!!! Hope this helps all you fellow sufferers out there!
Been doing one application midday. There is a product that tightens the vagina with another plant astringent on amazon available. Witch hazel is less expensive. Plan to try some jojoba oil with it next."
[YEA] 05/04/2013: Joy from Battleground, Wash replies: "day 8 UPdate....... and bladder is > Up < most of the day , usually mid day reapply astringent in vaginal cavity ( witch hazel) when bladder drops down ..... and no more prolapse.
The product on Amazon is also a plant astringent they claim TIGHTENS cavity and aids in prolapse recovery....
I hope all the other women out there can find this post and get some relief from the pain of prolapse. Don't know how to get this FREE good news out ..... Not selling anything... Tried to get a women's site to post it but they are selling surgery and sorrow... So..... No post!"
EC: Hi Joy, please send us the name or link from Amazon for posting on EC.
05/04/2013: Joy from Battleground, Wash replies: "Iso sensuals TIGHT"
07/02/2013: Joy from Battleground, Wash replies: "Every time I use it, it pulls the bladder back up into place.... Not a perfect fix -but MUCH BETTER than not using it. There is another person that uses red raspberry leaf tea to pull her bladder back into place, she drinks a lot of tea every day.
One more thing that helps a LOT is magnesium citrate."
07/02/2013: Momxnine from Joplin, Mo. replies: "I just found this site and wanted to see if the witch hazel is still working. Been trying to figure out a solution for bladder prolapse for many years (I've had 9 babies and I need something! )."
10/19/2013: Kt from Usa replies: "Joy, I read a recent post by you about your prolapse but could not reply right away. Now, I can't find it. I wanted to make you aware that the "bulge" may not be just your bladder protruding. It could be toxic stool that is just sitting in your rectum, pressing against the vaginal wall and has the potential to fermet and become malignant. Gangrene could also result. Just wanted you to be aware."
10/20/2013: Debbie T. from Australia replies: "I agree with Kt. Prolapsed bladder is a result of too much stool in your intestines pressing down. Eat more fats like organic coconut oil, olive oil, even a tablespoon of caster oil and get this out of you. Drink more water as well."
10/20/2013: Kt from Usa replies: "I had mentioned in another post, but will mention again, when I have to take stool softeners my prolapse will occur again. I have found that temporarily using the super plus tampons dipped in witch hazel and/or lubricating jelly will push the prolapse back and allow passage of gas and/or stool. "Tempoarily" is no longer than four hours."
[YEA] 03/23/2014: Claudia from Winter Park, Co: "I was diagnosed with cystocele about 2 years ago & immediately started searching for alternative healing methods. The first thing I found was a woman who did a special massage technique to help pull up/tone organs & also who recommended lots of Kegels. I've also explored herbs, homeopathy, essential oils, & energy healing--all of these things take time & can be costly, & I tend to be more of an herb person, so I do raspberry tea, & take vitex (chasteberry) & black cohosh for their "women benefits" (I am post-menopausal- hence the onset of my prolapse). Not seeing much of an improvement after several months of doing all of the above, I started searching the internet again & found an amazing book that is written by a women about pelvic organ prolapse. She goes into exhaustive detail about a women's anatomy (compared to a man's), how & why things happen & a non-surgical alternative--her own story is horrendous (she also explains all of the surgeries)--but she found, through much trial & error, a simple solution, basically a "posture" that you have to rethink, retrain yourself to do & a very simple exercise--not Kegels! Apparently Kegels are pretty useless because they only develop the muscles/tissues that help us eliminate, not hold things in! A more effective exercise is similar to a "cat-cow" yoga move while standing. Also, speaking of yoga, which was invented by a man for men, any posture which requires you to bend past 90 degrees (an oblique angle) makes you "push out", which is counter-productive. Do only yoga moves where you are bending 90 degrees or less ("pulling in"); inversions are good, like headstands & shoulder stands-- downward dog is especially do-able for most women--even sitting. I think also, properly nourishing yourself only makes sense, since you hopefully create an environment conducive to tissue improvement & healing (like strengthening capillaries & facia). I began to see improvement once I got serious & into a regular routine of the exercise & always trying to remember to do "the posture", plus doing a small yoga routine of headstand, child's pose & downward dog. I definitely think you have to give your body some type of gravity break! In time I am expecting to not only stop the progression, but to get some reversal as well.
Also, I found the comments about witch hazel very interesting & plan to try that as well! I say, try everything that doesn't sound too wacky! Good luck & lovely healing energy to all of you, my "sistahs"."