Prolapsed Bladder

Prolapsed bladders are commonly associated with menopause. Prior to menopause, women’s bodies create the hormone estrogen, which helps keep the muscles in and around the vagina strong. Women’s bodies stop creating as much estrogen after menopause, and those muscles tend to weaken as a result. Having said that, a not so common issue is a serious cold/flu that includes severe coughing. This can also impact the bladder as the muscles surrounding the bladder are engaged and disengaged rapidly at that time as well.


Symptoms of bladder prolapse


The symptoms of bladder prolapse depend on the severity of the prolapse, the person’s level of physical activity and the presence of any other type of prolapse.

They include: 

  • leaking urine when coughing, sneezing, laughing, running or walking, or urge incontinence, urgently needing to go and leaking on the way

  • needing to empty your bladder more frequently

  • inability to completely empty your bladder when going to the toilet

  • recurrent urinary tract infections

  • difficulty holding a tampon in place during menstruation

  • straining to get urine flow started

  • a slow flow of urine that tends to stop and start

  • a sensation of fullness or pressure inside the vagina

  • a bulge or swelling felt at the vaginal opening

  • discomfort with intercourse

  • protrusion of the vagina out through the vaginal entrance (in severe cases).


Risk factors for bladder prolapse



Risk factors for bladder prolapse include anything that puts pressure on the pelvic floor, such as: 

  • pregnancy and childbirth

  • regularly straining on the toilet to pass bowel motions or empty the bladder

  • being overweight

  • smoking and chronic lung diseases with coughing

  • repetitive lifting of children or heavy weights at work or in the gym, or any exercises where there is excessive downward pressure on the pelvic floor.



Grades of bladder prolapse


The severity of bladder prolapses can be measured in several ways. ‘Mild’, ‘moderate’ and ‘severe’ are not always completely accurate, as they depend on a person’s opinion.

A more commonly used grading is: 

  • Stage 1 – the bladder protrudes a little way into the vagina

  • Stage 2 – the bladder protrudes so far into the vagina that it is close to the vaginal opening

  • Stage 3 – the bladder protrudes out of the vagina.

Treatment for severe cases of bladder prolapse



In severe cases, we recommend you see your doctor to discuss what options there are. Surgery is usually required to repair a severe bladder prolapse. Different techniques are used, depending on the combination of prolapse and urinary tract symptoms. Your doctor can discuss the available surgical techniques with you.

At, The Jade Healing Centre we have tests we can do to help with Stages 1 and 2 (mentioned above) that may have a non surgical way to assist you with this problem. For more information call.


Fixing the cause not just treating the symptom !