These factors may increase your risk of cystocele:

  • Childbirth. Women who have vaginally delivered one or more children have a higher risk of cystocele.
  • Aging. Your risk of cystocele increases as you age. This is especially true after menopause, when your body's production of estrogen — which helps keep pelvic muscles strong — decreases.
  • Having a hysterectomy. Having your uterus removed may contribute to weakness in your pelvic floor support.
  • Genetics. Some women are born with weaker connective tissues, making them more susceptible to a cystocele.
Apr. 14, 2012