Originally Posted by querico
Hi everybody. Feeling better today, physically and mentally.
I saw a new OB/GYN today who was very reassuring.
He said to not even think of the future or surgery right now. His feeling was that until I stop breastfeeding and menstruate again, there is no way to say what will happen. He said he has seen women with severe prolapses completely resolve after a year or so- mentioned "not even being able to find them". Again, he explained that nursing blocks the circulation of estrogen, which is vital to vaginal healing and restoration. He said that this was not a reason to stop nursing, but important to keep in mind when I feel frustrated.
He also said that if a very thorough exam is done on all women after delivering vaginally, you could find some type of pelvic prolapse in 75% of women in the first 6 months post partum! this makes the condition seem so much more "normal". He did add that they are usually grade 1-2, and mine is a 3, but I still felt reassured.
He doesn't want to see me back until I have stopped breastfeeding for 3 months, and then would like to take a look.
(I am 10 wks PP now.)
thanks for the support!
Hello! I'm also part of the prolapse clan. I am 7 months pp. I have a grade 1 uterine prolapse and sometimes I feel "normal," but like other pp's, sometimes it bothers me and gives me that low tampon feeling in my vagina. I'm hoping that time will still help me heal.
I think I got my prolapse when I was pushing during birth. I only pushed for about an hour, but for some reason, in between pushing, I was holding (flexing) my kegal muscles because I didn't want to lose the progress I'd made and have the baby come back inside (similar to pushing out a BM that takes some effort... sorry). At the time, I thought, "I'm the strongest lady ever - able to focus, push and then keep holding in between!" In hindsight, not a good idea. Also, I was so amazed by how awesome and not tired I felt after giving birth, that on day two, I was up making homemade vegetable soup and was probably on my feet longer than I should be. I agree with what pp's have said - midwives need to warn about this more. You hear, "Take it easy," but not, "...because if you don't, your cervix might fall out of your body." I noticed my prolapse about a week after giving birth. My cervix was poking out of my vagina just a tiny bit and I kept thinking it was a clot that needed to come out. (this might be TMI...) I even tugged at it a little bit because I thought I could help the "clot" out, but then I realized it looked like real tissue.
My midwife referred me to a great PT, who I saw for about a month, but aside from being an hour away, it was really expensive too and my insurance didn't cover it (isn't insurance great?). I went enough times to get some good take home exercises out of it, but I wish I could've kept up with it. We did a lot of pilates work on a reformed and mostly mat work. I have not kept up with the exercises at home because at the end of a long, busy day, the last thing I want to do is pelvic floor exercises! But, since it's been bugging me a bit more the past few days, I need to make it a priority.
Like other posters, I feel like my body is a wreck. I also have a nagging little hemorhhoid and even though I'm back at my pre-pregnancy weight, my lower abdomen feels stretched out (go figure). After I eat, it looks like I have a mini pregnant belly. I'm thinking that time and doing more abdominal exercises will help that. Again, I need to to make it a priority.
It's depressing to think that my body's failing me. And, it makes me a little nervous for having another baby. What kinds of risks will it put me at? What if my uterus DOES actually come out of my body while I'm pregnant? Also, it's no fun to be walking around with things feeling like they're hanging out of your vagina and anus.
I quoted the above post because I thought it was very helpful. I can't imagine that every woman doesn't experience prolapse of some degree after labor. When I first got pregnant, my midwife told me that I had a really low cervix, so I also think that perhaps if I had a "normal" cervix, I might not even feel this prolapse.
And, it seems so strange that breastfeeding inhibits our body's ability to heal itself after birth when breastfeeding is what nature intended us to do... interesting. I usually feel like nature is so smart, but that one just doesn't make sense to me. Maybe the reason we need everything to be loosey goosey while breastfeeding it to allow our nipples to be yanked on without hurting!
Sorry this is so long - thanks for this wonderful thread. It's good to know I'm not alone.
BTW - can someone explain a cystocele and a rectocele to me?