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Please help diagnose my post-forceps delivery broken vagina

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abigboydidit Fri 05-Apr-13 20:47:14


I have decided already to go to GP on Monday but have already been fobbed off at my 6 week check up so would like to go armed with possible diagnosis and am too scared too Google!

In brief, DD is 10 weeks old and was a forceps delivery. Recovery seemed fine and I felt my pelvic floor was recovering well, as I have had no problems with continence (I now understand there is more to pelvic floor than that..). DH & I have been too tired with a baby and toddler to even consider sex, so I had no sense of what was going on except I noticed a feeling of something falling inside me if I tried to walk too quickly or run after my toddler. I mentioned this to the GP who said all was normal and that it would improve as my pelvic floor started working again.

Over the past 2 days it has got worse and I feel the falling sensation even when just walking. I decided to have a prod earlier and felt something at the entrance to my vagina which then moved with me as I poked it (apologies for TMI). It almost felt like I was pushing my cervix back into position. Does anyone have experience of anything similar? Is it just a pelvic floor issue? Any advice would be appreciated so I don't worry too much before I see the GP on Monday.

Thanks in advance.

MolotovCocktail Fri 05-Apr-13 21:07:51

Hmmm, I'm sorry to say but by the sounds of it, you might have some sort of prolapse. Labour/delivery - and a forceps delivery - can wreak havoc on the old pelvic floor and as these muscles 'cradle' the uterus and bladder, your pelvic floor might not be cradling everything quite as it should at the moment.

What sort off forceps were used? (High? Low? Rotational?)

And I add 'might', here, OP.

Don't be fobbed of by your GP. If it's not feeling right ad you're not happy, get a referral to a gynaecologist to check you out.

Good luck x

MolotovCocktail Fri 05-Apr-13 21:09:27

Please try not to worry, either.

abigboydidit Fri 05-Apr-13 21:10:07

Thanks for replying. I was told it was a forceps lift out but don't know any more than that. Was starting to wonder about a prolapse which is why I was scared to Google.

VinegarDrinker Fri 05-Apr-13 21:11:36

If it is a prolapse, it may well be temporary. Not uncommon in the weeks following any kind of vaginal birth.

Pelvic floor exercises and GP.

abigboydidit Fri 05-Apr-13 21:12:40

Oh, thanks for the reassurance. Oddly it got worse this week after I started a physio class and have been increasing my pelvic floor exercises blush

MolotovCocktail Fri 05-Apr-13 21:29:09

Maybe don't do those physio classes until you are guided by your GP or gynae specialist. Like vinegar said, if it is a prolapse, it might only be temporary and relatively easy to rectify with a bit of TLC smile Don't spend your weekend worrying about the worst-case scenario. And certainly no googling!

abigboydidit Sat 06-Apr-13 03:37:43

Thanks again.

coffeeandcream Sat 06-Apr-13 04:02:20

Hi OP, I had a forceps delivery with my 15wo DS and have exactly the same. It feels as though there is a swelling inside almost blocking the way, but it moves iykwim? Mine hasn't bothered me much but has been improving by itself.

Def see your GP and absolutely no googling!!

abigboydidit Sat 06-Apr-13 08:43:37

Oh, I googled during night feeds blush. Why did I google?! Hardly slept with worry..

coffeeandcream did they give you a diagnosis? Or treatment?

Maria33 Sat 06-Apr-13 08:54:26

Ask your gp for a referral to an obstetric physiotherapist. They are excellent and will work through a programme of exercises with you. Get it sorted ASAP as your body is at the optimum point for recovery in the first year after the delivery. Things are definitely sortable but don't just leave it or let your GP fob you off. Good luck.

abigboydidit Sat 06-Apr-13 08:57:30

Thanks. An obs physio runs the class I go to and I described the problem to her and she breezily told me the class will help but if it isn't sorted over the 6 week run then I could get 1:1

Maybe am worrying to much..

Maria33 Sat 06-Apr-13 08:59:57

You can also go privately - mine was covered by BUPA. I am passionate about women getting their bodies back after birth. It is possible to sort things so don't be scared but you are absolutely right to freak out (a bit) and insist someone takes it seriously. flowers You will recover and the right people can help it happen really effectively.

Maria33 Sat 06-Apr-13 09:02:54

Cross post. Sounds like you're doing all the right things. I stressed like mad but it did all get sorted. I just wish I'd been even more pro-active and not let people make me feel like I was making a fuss about nothing...

abigboydidit Sat 06-Apr-13 10:32:13

Thanks Maria33. Am stepping away from Google now and hoping is something we can fix simply..

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