Hello kind mamas. I am glad I am not alone, but I'm just plain scared.
I have a Grade 3 rectocele, as well as minor bladder, urethra, and uterus prolapses. I've had these for nearly 3 years and the rectocele & uterus has gotten worse this year. I'm a candidate for (da vinci robotic) sacrocolpopexy & pelvic floor reconstruction.
I have been practically obsessive about staying regular (fiber supplement), posture, building up core muscles (yoga/dancing/pilates), kegels (phys therapist says my muscle tone is super, so that's a plus), and being careful about excess intra-abdominal pressure for a while now, but is there any other suggestions for preventing further rectal prolapse? Any advice at all about that surgery? Also, does anyone know if a pessary would even help a rectocele?
To be honest, I am terrified of surgery and I want to avoid it if possible; I am fearful of my rectum falling out; I am completely mortified that this has happened, and (as I'm sure some of you can understand) this is not a health issue that I can discuss openly with women I know.
(I had both of my children- ages 4 and 2.5- at home, and they were beautiful experiences. My perineum tore with the first one though, and the second birth was very rapid-- like 45 minutes! Both babies were about 9 pounders.)
I never even knew of prolapse issues until it happened to me. I never knew that having beautifully profound natural births could mis-align a body so drastically. I feel like my inner temple is crumbling in spite of my efforts to hold it up.
I don't mean to sound so dramatic, but I guess I just need to process and come to terms with this somehow.
Thanks for reading.