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WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW:
A cystocele is a condition that causes a part of your bladder to fall into your vagina because of weakened or stretched pelvic muscles. Your bladder may begin to slip through your vaginal opening.
Seek care immediately if:
- You have bleeding from your vagina that is not your monthly period.
- You have a mass bulging out of your vagina that you cannot push back in.
- You have severe lower abdominal pain.
- You have a bad-smelling discharge coming from your vagina.
Call your doctor or gynecologist if:
- You have a fever.
- You have chills or feel weak and achy.
- You have lower abdominal pain or back pain that does not go away.
- You cannot urinate.
- You have questions about your condition or care.
Manage or prevent a cystocele:
- Do Kegel exercises regularly. These exercises can help your pelvic floor muscles get stronger. Tighten the muscles of your pelvis (the muscles you use to stop urinating). Hold the muscles tight for 5 seconds, then relax for 5 seconds. Gradually work up to holding the muscles for 10 seconds. Do at least 3 sets of 10 repetitions a day.
- Avoid straining. Do not lift heavy objects, stand for long periods of time, or strain to have a bowel movement. Prevent constipation by drinking more liquids and eating foods high in fiber. Ask how much liquid you should drink every day. High-fiber foods include fresh fruits, vegetables, and whole grains.
- Maintain a healthy weight. Ask your healthcare provider for a healthy weight for you. Ask him or her to help you create a weight loss plan if you are overweight. He or she can also help you create an exercise program. Exercise helps your bowels work better and decreases pressure inside your colon.
- Keep a record. Record the number of times you urinate each day. Describe the color and amount of your urine. Bring the record to your follow-up visits.
Follow up with your doctor or gynecologist as directed:
Write down your questions so you remember to ask them during your visits.
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