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WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW:
A cystocele is a condition where a part of your bladder falls into your vagina because of weakened or stretched pelvic muscles. In some cases your bladder may begin to slip through your vaginal opening.
Follow up with your healthcare provider or gynecologist as directed:
Write down your questions so you remember to ask them during your visits.
Keep a diary:
Record the number of times you urinate each day. Describe the color and amount of your urine. Bring the diary to your follow-up visits.
Manage your symptoms:
- Do Kegel exercises regularly: These exercises can help your pelvic floor muscles get stronger. Ask your healthcare provider for more information about Kegel exercises. 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 hold the muscles contracted 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 plenty of 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 if you are at a healthy weight and what is the best exercise program for you. Try to exercise at least 30 minutes every day. Exercise can also help prevent constipation.
Contact your healthcare provider 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 or concerns about your condition or care.
Seek care immediately or call 911 if:
- You have abnormal bleeding from your vagina.
- You have a mass coming 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.
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