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Is it your cervix you are feeling? The way you describe it, it sounds as if it is floating around inside your fanny. Try not to panic, why would you think you'll go gangrenous and need an operation? Wait until you see your GP, try some deep breathing excercies to relax you. I totally understand the horror of internal exams. would you feel more comfortable with a female GP or the practice nurse?
Yes I remember that first 'feel around' after DS1 very well. Frightened the life out if me since it all felt so different from before. I guess lumps and bumps are to be expected if we are objective about it, having carried and squeezed out a baby, but its hard not to panic a bit - its not as if we can see whats going on up there, is it?
I suspect its your cervix too tbh, mine is way lower than it was. That said, I have no pelvic floor these days and a prolapse too, a mild one, and excuse tmi, I am really just pretty lumpy and bumpy internally now generally. I just try not to go there any more IYKWIM! I havent bothered getting the prolapse looked at, other than the slight dragging you describe it doesnt really affect me. I suspect it wont be as bad as you fear given that you only noticed something after a feel around.
But good to get things checked, will hopefully put your mind to rest.
I also have a lump on the front wall of my insides that is quite hard - Im not sure if it is the prolapse or scar tissue (I had a couple of internal stitches.) In fact have just remembered that I went to the doc to ask her to have a look because it all felt so wrong too! Had totally forgotten that! She didnt laugh, just said it looked completely normal for a post birth fanny and I was a bit 'Oh my god! Is it going to stay like this for ever then??' Have to say, DH has noticed nothing, and I dont really think about it any more. Have had another DC since so have bumps on my lumps now!
Have you ever felt your cervix before? It will feel smooth to the touch and firm, very unlike everything else - basically like touching the end of your nose. Many women can insert a finger and sweep either side of it as it protrudes into the vagina, and most cervixes are only the length of your longest finger away at the best of times . I have a backwards tilt to mine, (known as a retroverted uterus) which is perfectly normal, but means that mine can be felt more easily than some. I am 100% confident it is your cervix you are feeling and some gentle pelvic exercises and time will restore you to normal
If it feels bumpy at the back of the vagina, could be hard bumps, even a series of hard bumps, then it is likely to be compacted stool. So once you are pretty sure you have fully emptied your bowels (use mild laxative if necessary) then feel again, you might find the hard bumps have gone.
I have a prolasped bladder and it felt like I was sitting on a tennis ball when it was at it's most painful. I panicked but it has really healed with exercises and don't feel it at all now. Try not to panic and wait for your docs appt. Is it painful at all?
I feel like my innards are going to fall out as I get more into my second pregnancy - like I did after birth the first time. I'm worried I may end up with a prolapse... can pelvic floor exercises hoist things back up a bit, or just arrest the downward trend? [sigh}
It might help to know that the vagina is lumpy and bumpy anyway- it is not like a flat toilet roll tube. it has bands of muscles that go round and up and down. the bump you feel might just be normal tissue that has a) always been there or b) is now a bit more prominent due to stretching.
Question is- did you ever have an explore before childbirth? if not, how would you know that you are different now?
I had a prolapse- the front wall sagged and i could "push it back" with my finger. The bulge felt softish not hard. Also my cervix was lower- a small tampon fitted but not much space at the end, IYSWIM. I had it repaired- not back 100% to what is was, but better.
Humph, well I had appointment tomorrow so thought I had better have a rummage this morning to make sure the scary lump of doom was still there ... and it's bloody not!
<tmi alert> there is nothing there, nothing that could have been the lump I felt. I think I can just about feel what is my cervix about as far in as I can reach. It is also strangely "squidgey" towards the entrance, I can kind of push this mass of softness out of the way but it kind of comes back - sounds like what purplepeony said.
I'm wondering, is it possible this is still the lump, but with any empty bladder IYSWIM?
Anyway, my dilemma now is, should I go to the doc or not. There was nothing that really scared me this time, but should I go anyway to be laughedat reassured, (bearing in mind I am really, really bad at internal exams)
Or should I call and cancel the appointment at the last minute, but potentially have a recurrence, and keep worrying...
Go to the GP. I put off going for months certain that I had a prolapse. It wasn't until my DH said he could feel a lump too that I made the appointment. I burst into tears when I started telling the doc what was wrong, convinced I'd need operations. A quick examination and was told all seemed fine - the lump was probably poo (tmi!) as I'd had problems emptying my bowels since giving birth. Linseed sorted my poo troubles, and since then no lumps!! Hope all goes well xx