A cystocele is a bulge or ‘dropping’ of the bladder towards the vagina. It occurs when the tissue between the bladder and the vagina has been weakened, usually as a result of childbirth or increasing age (menopause).

Many women often experience no symptoms, however in some the prolapse may be visible at the opening of the vagina and result in backache, urinary symptoms or difficulties with intercourse.

For small cystoceles treatment involves physiotherapy and pelvic floor exercises. However when the prolapse is visible a ring pessary or a surgical repair (anterior colporrhaphy) are options to support the prolapse.

An anterior colporrhaphy involves strengthening the tissue between the vagina and bladder, involving a 2-3 day hospital stay.

Post-operative information on prolapse repair.

Subscribe to our Newsletter


I recently had a hysterectomy, Mr Farrell was available to provide me with advice by telephone, even when I went home. Yvonne (Sheffield)