A condition in which the bladder drops from its usual position in the pelvis and pushes on the wall of the vagina.


A cystocele happens when the pelvic floor becomes weak or if too much pressure is put on the pelvic floor. This can happen over time, during vaginal childbirth, or with ongoing constipation, violent coughing or heavy lifting.


Cystocele symptoms can include a feeling of fullness or pressure in the pelvis and vagina. A bulge in the vagina may be seen or felt. A person also may have trouble urinating. The symptoms may go away when lying down.


Cystocele treatment can include doing pelvic floor exercises and using a device called a pessary that supports the bladder. If these don't help, surgery may be needed to keep the vagina and other pelvic organs in their proper positions.