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Incontinence due to birth injuries - 12 years after birth TMI
Sorry to hear if your trouble. I had a fourth degree tear but was advised that although there is a general risk of incontinence as I get older, this isn’t necessarily something just because of the tear. Ie not inevitable that it’ll happen but all the more reason to do the exercises. Apparently menopause makes us all at risk of inckntinence. Not sure if that was urinalysis or faecal, or both.
Can you ask your GP to refer you to a women’s health physiotherapist assuming there isn’t any other reason for what happened? They’ll be able to assess your pelvic floor etc. Or refer to colorectal so they can arrange proper tests like endoanal ultrasound and manometry.
Some obstetric injuries get worse in middle age. Partly due to hormone changes and also can be weight and fitness related. You need a referral to a gynae who specialises in this and can asses your weakness. Very often, a specialist physio can improve matters a lot. Some people need pelvic floor surgery, but not everyone. Don't panic, there is help out there.
Thank you everyone for your kind replies. I’m sorry to have been so slow in replying, I put my head back in the sand for a day or two!
I’m fairly sure it’s related to fourth degree tear but my pelvic floor has been weak for a long time and I’m optimistic that that at least can be improved with exercises.
I will definitely ask GP to refer me. I’ve been feeling so gutted about this. We have had a terrible few years one way or another and we’re just beginning to feel that the clouds were lifting and now this.
Georgia I’m sorry to hear you have been through the same. Can I ask what if any treatment you have been recommended. I don’t want to intrude so don’t answer if you feel you don’t want to (would happily you if better)
Had Dd 11 years ago, episiostimy and forceps delivery. I cant tell when i need to go but once I start I can't stop. Have had a couple of accidents. Think I also have a prolapse as there's a definite bulge when I go. I googled it and it said you can get an injury to one of the sphincters which then has no feeling so you can't tell if you've been or not.