What is a cystocele?
Cystocele, also known as anterior uterine prolapse, is the term used for situations in which there is a weakening of the supportive tissue that separates the bladder and vagina. This leads to the bladder falling into the vagina, which is why it is also called a prolapsed bladder.
There are three degrees of cystocele according to their severity:
- Grade 1
- is the mildest form of cystocele.
- Grade 2
- also known as severe cystocele. This type of prolapse is characterized by the bladder meeting the opening of the vagina.
- Grade 3
- is the advanced cystocele and the bladder protrudes through the vaginal opening.
Childbirth, obesity, constipation or lifting heavy objects can be a reason for cystocele. However, the best treatment will depend on the degree of severity of the cystocele.