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The pelvic floor is a group of muscles and other tissues that support several abdominal organs, including the bladder. If the pelvic floor becomes weakened or damaged — for example, during childbirth — the bladder can fall and start bulging into the vagina.

This is called cystocele, or prolapsed bladder. It is one type of pelvic organ prolapse.

Cystocele causes

Pelvic floor damage leading to cystocele most often results from the following:

Cystocele symptoms

Common symptoms of cystocele include the following:

  • Feeling that something is bulging into your vagina
  • Feeling that something is about to fall out of your vagina
  • Urinary incontinence
  • Difficulty urinating
  • Feeling that you have not completely emptied your bladder after urinating

How can I get help for cystocele?

If you have one or more of the above symptoms and they don’t go away, speak with your primary care doctor or OB-GYN. If necessary, your doctor may refer you to a specialist. 

At Rush, you also have the option of contacting the Program for Abdominal and Pelvic Health, which is designed to address the full range of issues related to pelvic conditions, including pelvic pain. The program has a coordinator who will help you navigate the multiple specialists you might need to see to find relief.