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Any old prolapse! Uterus/womb prolapse, rectocele, cystocele, enterocele, urethrocele, incontinence, pelvic floor, anterior and posterior repair, TVT etc part 7

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gottagetthroughthis Fri 19-Oct-12 00:38:09

This is thread 7 of a long-running series of posts from ladies suffering from pelvic prolapses to support each other through the process of diagnosis, repair and recovery.

Here are the previous threads:
Thread 1
Thread 2
Thread 3
Thread 5
Thread 6

Info from BBC Health

What is a pelvic prolapse?

As the muscles, ligaments and supporting tissues in the pelvis become weaker, they are less able to hold in the organs of the pelvis such as the womb (uterus) or bladder.

Gravity pulls these organs down and, in the more severe cases, may appear through the entrance to the vagina.

A variety of problems can occur, depending on where the weakness lies and which organs are able to descend, but in every case there is some degree of prolapse of the vaginal wall, which begins to invert (rather like a sock turning inside out).
Prolapse of the womb or uterus is the most common prolapse, affecting as many as one in eight older women to some degree
Prolapse of the bladder, known as a cystocele, is less common.
Prolapse of the urethra (the tube that carries urine out of the bladder) is known as a urethrocele.
Prolapse of the intestines is quite rare, and known as an enterocele or rectocele.

Symptoms

Symptoms depend on which tissues descend, and how severe the prolapse is.

They may include:
A sense of heaviness or pressure in the pelvis.
The appearance of a bulge of tissue in the genital area, which can be quite alarming, and is often red and sore.
Urinary problems, such as having to urinate more frequently, feeling the need urgently, being incontinent (losing control of the bladder) or, conversely, being unable to pass urine when you need to.
Pain in the pelvis or lower back.
Sexual problems, including pain and decreased libido.
Constipation.
Vaginal discharge or bleeding.

Treatment and recovery

Once a prolapse has developed, surgery to fix the affected organs is usually the only way to cure it effectively.

However, another option is to use a device known as a vaginal ring pessary. This is rather like a contraceptive diaphragm or cervical cap. It's made of silicone or latex, and placed in the vagina to push back the prolapsed organs and hold them in place. Many women happily manage their prolapse this way.

Pinot79 Sat 21-Sep-13 12:48:33

Hi all, after my first baby (8lb 9oz) it was clear in days something wasn't right down below, after been told by a midwife I was basically a wimp and that African women were back working in the fields within hours of giving birth I felt pretty stupid! sad Even after the birth of my second baby (9lb13oz) it took me 4 years to see my GP. I had entrocele, rectocele and hysteropexy (too complicated to repair cystocele at the same time) repair done almost 6 weeks ago. Tbh the uterine prolapse wasn't really a concern, it was the awful bulge that felt like my undercarriage was dragging on the floor that really bothered me and how that looked in general. Other than soreness to the tailbone and when I need to poo I have had minimum pain. I don't think I have overdone it in anyway and certainly haven't lifted anywhere near what I probably could. I am so curious as to what's going on down there so I have has a feel and there is still a bit of a bulge, it feels like a spongy sausage. Is this normal?? It's been so long since everything was normal I don't even know what normal is! I can also feel a stitch quite high up but thought these should have dissolved by 3 weeks!?!?

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