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KnittedBlanketHoles Wed 11-Jan-17 20:54:45

Why did three GPs over the last 17 years ignore me when I went in to get help with what I now know is a rectocele? And the male GP I saw today said is need to rebook with the only female GP in the surgery to discuss it? When I finally got a diagnosis from a physiotherapist who told me she'd suffered the same thing due to childbirth, she recommended I get a private consultation with a surgeon, and then use that to try to get treatment on the NHS. This is not possible for me on my financial situation at the moment. She sent a letter to my GP with her diagnosis, and he did precisely nothing with the letter.

Why after suffering for 17 years, building up the courage to speak to a GP again today, do I have to rebook to see a female GP.

Do our GPs not all get basic training on vaginas and colo-rectal issues?

Is this a feminist issue that I have been ignored (by GP1 who said he had no idea what I was trying to describe) and GP 2- same answer. GP three did the talk to the physiotherapist but nothing with they information. And GP 4 just didn't want to know.

If men had to digitally remove their feaces faeces, would male GPS give a shit?

KnittedBlanketHoles Wed 11-Jan-17 20:56:31

Or not digitally remove it but manipulate it through their penis, would GPs give a shit?

Feminist issue?

HelenDenver Wed 11-Jan-17 21:09:56

Yes, a feminist issue.

GP should be able to refer you to a hospital or community physio without going private first though.

Have you seen the threads on MN on this health issue?

KnittedBlanketHoles Wed 11-Jan-17 21:29:48

I found one a few years back and cried with relief that I am not a freak and my body is doing something that many other women's bodies do. But, it's not exactly talked about. And my experince today at the gp just brought me back here to thinking it's a feminist issue.

KnittedBlanketHoles Wed 11-Jan-17 21:34:43

I also have another one. When my brothers were about 6 they had minor surgeries on their foreskins to make them able to be retractable. As I'm a girl/woman, nobody checked or questioned me.

I had a clitoral hood long and tight that couldn't be retracted. It split during childbirth so I now have access to my clitoris. When the midwife/Dr went to sew me up they have the same blank confused look and sewed one part of the hood to a bit it was never attached to in the first place...

There's a name for tight foreskins in men physmosis or something. I don't think there's similar for women. Totally unfair. I think this is a feminist issue too.

KnittedBlanketHoles Wed 11-Jan-17 21:37:33

*they gave the same blank look (as the first couple of GPs uninterested in my rectocele).

I wonder how many girls/woman are out there with undiagnosed tight clitoral hoods? No one cares about women's health. Or that's how it feels to me.

KnittedBlanketHoles Wed 11-Jan-17 21:42:36

GP should be able to refer you to a hospital or community physio without going private first though.

He suggested that I wouldn't get a referral anywhere until my eating disorder was fixed (even though the rectocele came before my ed became rampant). I did try to explain that apart from the apples and ryvita that I digest I prefer not to digest a lot of food that I then have to digitally remove but he didn't seem to care/understand about the chicken egg situation.

So I will book to see the female GP but I'm not holding out much hope...

Eating disorder service won't see me anymore because I've been through every worker with no success.

DeviTheGaelet Thu 12-Jan-17 22:23:50

flowers op
Definitely female medical issues aren't taken seriously, there are studies to show it

QueenLaBeefah Thu 12-Jan-17 22:26:48

Completely agree with you.

BeyondTheStarryNight Fri 13-Jan-17 13:56:36

flowers I know how you feel.

The palaver to sort my rectocele and cystocele was ridiculous. GP diagnosed and referred me to gynae, the registrar I saw said there was nothing abnormal at all and it was just post-childbirth. Broke my heart at that after the trouble I was having. Took two years to psych myself up to ask for a second opinion - diagnosed finally and referred for surgery.

Waited another two years for the surgery, had it just before xmas. And now I'm gonna paste a post of mine from another recent thread (seriously, I could rant on this subject all day!!!)


I recently had a gynae op. Few weeks later, I woke up one morning having bled heavily overnight. The pad I was using was completely saturated. I called the gynae ward and was asked about seventy two million times if it was my period. (Like a woman in her thirties doesn't know what a period looks like!) Went in to see a doctor, they said it was an infection causing the wound to swell and pull apart, gave me ABs and sent me home.

Later that day I started bleeding heavily. I sat in the bath and it was literally pouring out. Call gynae who again ask if it is my period. It doesn't stop after about an hour of me lying in the bath, so they say to go in. I attempt to get ready to leave and pass out. DH rings for an ambulance on advice of gynae. First response paramedic arrives and mentions that he has been told I have heavy vaginal bleeding and is it my period. He attempts to get me out of the house, I pass out on the stairs leaving a lovely puddle of blood. He calls for an ambulance, who again ask about vaginal bleeding. Wait a while but get to gynae, stitches have ripped open, end up staying in for nearly a week, and then a few weeks of anaemia on top of that.

Again and again and again I was asked if it was my period, despite telling people 1. It wasn't, it was bright red, thin blood, and 2. I had just had an operation and had stitches internally (plus 3. I have a coil and don't get proper periods!)

I honestly feel that even in the gynae department itself, "vaginal bleeding" was written off as unimportant and something not to make a fuss over.

M0stlyHet Fri 13-Jan-17 14:11:01

Bloody hell, Beyond, that's shocking!

And likewise Knitted.

No one should have to go through this sort of thing, and what's worse, be disbelieved by HCPs. (Though I can well believe it - I have found the default response to me saying "I can't use hormonal contraception, it makes me depressed" is "nonsense, dear, it's far and away the best thing to use.")

Elendon Fri 13-Jan-17 18:16:56

I was going to post this link in a new posting but it could also come under women's health.

What I was shocked about this was that she had lost a twin, and the phrase after a cuddle one thing led to another. She had her first stroke after her second orgasm, and her husband later told her that the paramedic on being told this on treating a very serious condition, asked the husband, can you tell me how to give my wife just the one? Really?

She remains half paralysed.

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