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#1 of 8 Old 04-11-2004, 07:11 PM - Thread Starter
 
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I'm not even sure if this is where I should put this, so move me if you must. I am 7 months post delivery & things are just not the same in my vaginal area. I did experience a 4th degree tear & required A LOT of stitches. I didn't notice this before but it seems like I have an *extra* part to my vagina .....It's very odd. At the lower end is a bulbous area I never ever noriced before & I've looked at & felt my vagina many many times. Could it be my cervix hanging out? I am so baffled. It doesn't hurt but it does hang somewhat out of my vagina & i can notice it at certain times when I walk My midwife is away for a month so I don't have anyone to ask. Sorry if this was more than anyone needed. Thanks

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Maybe it's a hemerhoid?

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You might have a vaginal prolapse, which means that your vaginal muscles got torn/weakend from your birth and now a little of the vagina is indeed hanging out.

I know, it sounds kinda gross, I have a mild vaginal prolapse too, and I was pretty horrified when I figured it out, but my midwife says its not all that uncommon, especially for women who had (like me), really long hard labors, and more sever tears. I had a 3rd degree epi/tear, so this may indeed be what has happened to you too.

I am not doing anything about it right now, except for major Kegels, 'cause I am pregnant again, but women here have talked about going to physical therapy for it; I guess there are PTs whoe specialize in pelvic floor rehabilitation. Maybe do a search on that here, and I would ask your midwife, too.

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I'm wondering if it could be a vericose vein - in the last trimester of my last two pregnancies, I had a HUGE vein that would swell up if I squated down to pick something up, and would then remain swollen for quite some time. My midwife said they were quite common, as the baby's head puts pressure on your perineum in late pregnancy. One side of my labia would be distended and sore, and if I recall, it was towards the back of my vaginal area. (OK waaaay TMI ) Sitting on a frozen bag of peas, and putting my feet up would relieve the discomfort be reducing the blood flow to the area. I personally think it was caused by the fact that I had an epsiotomy with my first son, because the vein developed in the exact same location.

I used to refer to it as "Frankengina" :LOL until one day my older son overheard me and asked what part that was...... .

Hope you find relief soon!
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As someone mentioned above, I would definitely recommend finding a physical therapist who specializes in pelvic floor rehabilitation. They should be able to conclusively determine what you have (hemorrhoid, vaginal prolapse, cervical prolapse, scar tissue, etc.) and will recommend a treatment for it.

This post might give you some more info, too, specifically the post from tinyshoes who worked with a pelvic floor physical therapist.

sending you healing vibes...

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Thanks everyone. I ended up tracking down my midwifes associate & saw her yesterday. I have a 1st degree cervical prolapse . Turns out my vagina is quite shallow & my cervix has what they described as a visor cap on it & this extra tip is sticking out. She seems to think that when I stop BF it may not hang out. I do about 300 kegels a day & it hasn't helped but I will do a search for anything else I can do. Thanks so much.

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Cool, well now you know!
How come it might get better when you stop breastfeeding?

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Quote:
Originally posted by TurboClaudia

This post might give you some more info, too, specifically the post from tinyshoes who worked with a pelvic floor physical therapist.
Thanks, Turbo...I just couldn't muster up the time away from my beloved kidlets to get into my pelvic floor drama again!

. . . .
My OT said that my pelvic floor might get stronger once I'm done breastfeeding, too, and I tried to nail her on a reason for that, and I didn't get a very good one. Something about "sometimes some women's horomones do X or Y for some and not others."

While the above comment does not accurately reprsesent my OT's intellegence--let me say again, how important I think it is for women with unusual anatomy to get some unusually smart, experienced folk on her side, should a mama desire it. ZanZan, you say it doesn't hurt, but bothers you when you walk...that's annoying enough in my book to encourage a visit with someone in the know.

Because MAMAS.......After visit 3 w/ my OT, I am now doing some exercises that require me to lie on my back, put my feet up on a chair, knees bent at a 90 degree angle, a ball between my knees, lifting my tailbone to get my hamstrings to work--

---WHAT?

Yes.

And now, my kegels are IMMENSELY more effective, and I can't wait to see what my OT thinks at my next appt....you see, the pelvic floor is such a core thing, and everything and anything else can contribute to it. My weak hamstrings caused my body to use a stronger muscle group, my compromised pelvic floor. A combination of stronger abs and this wierdo hamstring thing that has made a big difference, are allowing my pelvic floor to reach it's awesome potential.

Me kegeling all the live-long day would not have helped me nearly as much as a bit of experienced guidance, to help me strengthen my body effectively.

I guess I'm saying, it's okay to ask for help...and a CNM or OB is the gateway to the real help, in the form of a rehab specialist.

Good luck, HTH.
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