Last Modified on Oct 22, 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] 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.