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What causes your bladder to drop?

A dropped bladder, also called prolapsed bladder or cystocele, is a medical condition that affects the urinary bladder and the vagina. In women, the front wall of the vagina supports the bladder. Significant bodily stress such as childbirth can damage this part of the vaginal wall. If it deteriorates enough, the bladder can prolapse, meaning it is no longer supported and descends into the vagina. Other causes include aging, strenuous lifting, chronic coughing and chronic constipation which can weaken the pelvic muscles. Because a dropped bladder can interfere with the ability to control urinary function and cause uncomfortable symptoms that affect sexual function, proper treatment is important.

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Bladder Disease

The main function of your bladder is to store and release urine. Your bladder is located in your lower abdomen and collects urine from your kidneys. As the bladder fills, nerves in the bladder tell you that you need to urinate. Bl...

adder diseases can cause pain and affect the way your bladder functions. Bladder problems and diseases include urinary tract infections (UTIs), bladder cancer and loss of bladder control. Bacteria can cause infection in the urinary tract and the bladder. There are ways you can prevent bladder infection. See your doctor if you are having bladder problems. Many bladder problems are treatable and symptoms will not go away if you ignore them. Treatments vary, depending on your bladder problem. Tests used by doctors to diagnose bladder diseases include urine tests and x-rays.
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