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#1 of 6 Old 09-06-2008, 03:38 PM - Thread Starter
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I am 6 weeks postpartum and just had the courage to look "down there" since being frightened at about 3 weeks postpartum when I looked last. I'm devastated to see a huge, fleshy tissue inside my vagina which, incidentally my vagina looks like a huge cavity - nothing resembling "normal." This is what I saw at 3 weeks but thought it was just massive swelling still from the vaginal birth - it felt then like a big tampon was sitting really low & was at times difficult to urinate. I hadn't looked since, telling myself that I was going to give myself proper time to heal before jumping to conclusions and getting myself upset (advice from my doctor). Urinating has become easier (was only a bit blocked-feeling for a few days and since it went away, I didn't think much of it) and I don't feel the low tampon sensation so much, but that could be that I've grown accustomed to the feeling perhaps?

I'm 31, fit and had a healthy pregnancy - could I have POP? Moreover, my birth was relatively quick and easy - was induced with pitocin and pushed my baby girl out in just 5 contractions (in 25 minutes). I had a small tear in the inner layer of the vagina which required 4 stitches, but no tear in my perineum. I've done some internet research since I can't get in for my postpartum check up until Tuesday, and have been a crying mess all morning as it sounds like POP. Something HAS to be done...I couldn't have intercourse now if I wanted to due to the large "mass" in my vagina. Is surgery needed to look & feel normal again? I saw that in some cases a hysterectomy is needed! Have I misdiagnosed myself and is it potentially normal to still look really "not normal" down there at 6 weeks and/or to still be really swollen? Apart from what feel like internal hemroids, I've felt great for the most part until now...positive, energentic, in good physical condition (so I thought).

Help - somebody please shed some light for me! I'd be grateful for any advice offered, however brief, to confirm or suggest otherwise to my POP concern.

Thank you.
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I hear ya.
I called "whatever is down there" my testicles. Nice huh? My 1st pregnancy gave me a very slight cystocyle. My 2nd gave me worse cystocyle with an equally bad rectocyle. 3rd gave me a uterine prolapse.
I can't wear tampons at all, there just isn't room. If it hurts you at all, rest assured that for the most part, it doesn't hurt forever. Sometimes I'll feel "full" down there, like I have something inside of me, or I'll have to pee 100 times a day, but other than that, it starts feeling normal and according to my DH, it doesn't really affect the way sex feels.
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I am 31-years-old with a grade III cystocelle (bladder prolapse) and complete pelvic organ prolapse. I am currently pregnant with baby #5 and just wanted to give you some hope. :

First, the best place in the world to connect with other women who have prolpase issues and to learn a lot about prolapse is the UPRISE forum:

My mother had seven children and began having prolapse issues after baby #4. She recovered after each birth and has not had surgery. It does not affect her life other than the fact that she needs to avoid heavy lifting and jumping/trampoline. She even runs! She maintains a healthy weight and stays active.

I first began to notice prolapse after baby #3. I have very difficult back labors so that may have contributed to it. I believe it is a genetic condition. It is very scary to look "down there" and see something so grotesque. It was hard for me as well! During my last pregnancy (baby #4), I began having issues as early as 15 weeks because I couldn't pee. My bladder was squashed under the growing uterus and until it moved up out of the pelvis, I was quite uncomfortable. I was fitted for a pessary at about 13 weeks but it did not really help. I did visit a specialist and they really did not offer much help either. It is not dangerous, just uncomfortable. It usually goes away after your postpartum period is over. You are welcome to read more of my story here:
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I have that. I thought it was a cystocele but turns out I just had tissue overgrowth. Apparently I had a tiny tear near the remnants of my hymenal ring and my body went into total overdrive healing so I have extra redundant vaginal tissue that is totally normal and pink. Hopefully that's what you have.



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There is a HUGE prolapse info/support thread in mdc's birth trauma sub-forum. You can find it here if you haven't already checked it out. There are a lot of mamas here who have BTDT experience and the thread has links to tons of non-surgical and/or holistic options for living with POP.

I'm sorry you're facing this challenge... like a pp mentioned, it may not be POP. But if it is, please come visit the mdc POP thread!

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