The cystocele - A swelling in the front of the vagina that forms where the bladder pushes against weakened tissues in the vaginal wall.

A cystocele may be associated with a prolapsed uterus (see uterus, prolapse of). Occasionally, a cystocele may pull the urethra out of position, causing stress incontinence or incomplete emptying of the bladder, which may lead to infection of the retained urine (see cystitis).

Pelvic floor exercises may help to relieve symptoms. Surgery may be performed to lift and tighten the tissues at the front of the vagina.


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