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Is it common for a 27 year old female to have a bladder prolapse and a rectum prolapse at the same time

By Anonymous September 14, 2009 - 2:16pm
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I am 27 year old female! I have a cystocele (bladder prolapse) and a rectal prolapse. I am concerned that something is causeing all this. Could ms or something else cause all this? I had a cystoscope done last week and the bladder looked fine! I had another test done not sure what it was called but i get those results back next week! I also go and see a gynocologeist next week for the prolapsed rectum.

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Anon, welcome to EmpowHer! Thanks so much for your question.

Anon, are you a mom? Often when women are dealing with a prolapsed bladder and/or rectum, childbirth has stretched or torn the muscles and skin that support the pelvic organs. The prolapses occur when part of these organs shift and droop, sometimes to the point of being partially exposed outside the body.

Were you diagnosed with mild, moderate or severe prolapses?

Other causes of prolapse can include obesity, large fibroids or tumors, continual strain or coughing, heavy lifting, genetic conditions, previous pelvic surgery and ethnicity (white and Hispanic woman have the highest rate of organ prolapse). And yes, spinal cord injury or conditions like muscular dystrophy or multiple sclerosis increase the risk of prolaps. You mentioned MS; do you have it?

Here's a good explainer page from the University of Iowa:


And here's some more detailed information, including diagrams, from the Merck Manual:


This page gives a good explanation of treatments of various degrees of prolapse. Has your doctor spoken to you about what she/he would recommend? Or are you not that far along in the process yet?


Do these sites help? Do you have any more specific questions we could help with?

September 16, 2009 - 8:25am
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