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#1381 of 1500 Old 05-07-2011, 07:33 PM
 
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Well it seems I have a bladder prolapse.  I am 40 and 18 months PP, still nursing.  I have IBS.

 

Early this morning I was having a bm and heard the baby wake so I strained to hurry things up and when I went to wipe I felt a lump in the vaginal opening that was not there before.  Sort of like a squishy large marble feeling.  It had since retreated some but is still there.  I will call my mw on Monday.

 

My mother had a botched bladder lift last year so I am not thrill about the idea of surgery...

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Sea Sponge issues...

 

So I was all excited to receive the sea sponge to aid my prolapse (turns out it's my uterus, bladder, and rectum--a trifecta!)  ALAS it seems to both give me a backache and make me incontinent!  Yikes!

 

Anyone else have these issues?  I tried a few times and got the same awful results consistently.  I spoke with Gloria, the awesome woman at Jade and Pearl, and she hadn't heard of this before.  Anyone?

 

I guess I'll have to get a natural rubber pessary, which is a disappointment.  But this sponge sure isn't helping! 

 

Hope you're all feeling well!  Happy Mother's Day!

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i just found out that the reason i got a prolapse is bc i have ehlers-danlos type 3. i have been telling every one i know about it bc it seems to be more common in women than men. although eds is a rare genetic disorder (1 in 5,000) some of you could have it.


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Hello there ladies! I think I belong to this club now-- hehe! :)

First of all I want to say that seeing a physical therapist is sooo helpful, and highly recommend it to you ladies who may be unsure of the idea. I was feeling so weird and lumpy down there after #2 was born (and posted a thread about it... had some great encouraging responses though which really helped me to relax about it), and read the Whole Woman book and prepared myself for the worst. I figured I had prolapsed everything and cried lots, even though my midwife checked me and couldn't see any obvious prolapse. (I think she should have checked me standing up, but that is why I think it is important to see a physical therapist about these issues.) The physical therapist was gentle and very thorough and informative and helped me understand my body better. Turns out, I have a mild rectal prolapse, but my bladder and uterus are fine. (YAY!!) The "sagginess" I have noticed in the front is just from the thinning of the vaginal walls (less estrogen when BFing) and just the stretching from my VERY fast labor. She prescribed kegels every day lying down, sitting, and standing up. (Just 10 kegels- 10 seconds holding, 10 seconds relaxing.) She also prescribed walking, swimming, and light yoga, but no bouncy exercise for a while.

We talked about the Whole Woman method, and she seemed to agree with some of it, but was not a fan of all of it. She thinks that building up your abdominal muscles is really important in healing and posture, instead of letting your belly hang all the time. She also prescribed Breath of Fire to me, which teaches you how to "pull up" your lower organs and strengthen them. She also (obviously) believes that kegels help tremendously, and will help heal my rectal prolapse and my (very mild) urinary incontinence.

For those of you who have seen a PT for your issues, what is their opinion on the Whole Woman stuff? I can say that I have definitely been a lot more aware of my posture since reading the book, and I have a better understanding of how the muscles are connected as well, so I have sort of mixed reviews about it.... Anyway, just wanted to connect with you ladies and encourage you to see a PT (I know they are expensive, but worth it) because you can make yourself crazy trying to self-diagnose and guess what's going on down there.

Oh, and has anyone checked out the new Whole Woman yoga dvd yet? I love yoga and was thinking about getting it...


I personally feel less "hangy" when I do the posture consistently. I also think about how women in other cultures hold themselves. They don't suck it in all the time. But... I know there can be issues even in those cultures that are like POP, so who knows.

 

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This thread is so massive that I can't reread everything in it! I seem to remember someone on this thread saying they were going to be trying a vaginal exerciser, like this http://www.gyneflex.com/shop/home.php?cat=1 (maybe not that brand or type, but it was something like that). I would really like to avoid surgery, but my rectocele is getting to the point where it is severely affecting my quality of life. It sucks to pee a little when I sneeze or dash after one of my kids, but I can live with that. The constant constipation and rectum frequently buldging out of my vagina, not so much. I was wondering if anyone had tried something like this and what the results were like. My pelvic muscles are really, really weak, and I have a hard time telling if anything is actually happening if I try to flex them. I'm thinking it's worth a try, right? Could it make things worse?
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Calliope, your baby is such a cutie. Love the round wide set eyes. :-)

 

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Can someone tell me whether or not some form of prolapse is always present shortly after birth? I saw my dr a week after having the baby because I was having some issues with pooing and thought i might have a rectocele. She said I didn't but I that I did have a mild bladder prolapse (I suspected that -- my baby seemed to have been sitting right on my bladder from month 6 onwards). Could it be that all organs rearrange to some degree and then go back to place eventually? Or is a prolapsed bladder (however "mild") a result of torn tissue that will never completely heal? Just wondering.


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Calliope, your baby is such a cutie. Love the round wide set eyes. :-)

 

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Can someone tell me whether or not some form of prolapse is always present shortly after birth? I saw my dr a week after having the baby because I was having some issues with pooing and thought i might have a rectocele. She said I didn't but I that I did have a mild bladder prolapse (I suspected that -- my baby seemed to have been sitting right on my bladder from month 6 onwards). Could it be that all organs rearrange to some degree and then go back to place eventually? Or is a prolapsed bladder (however "mild") a result of torn tissue that will never completely heal? Just wondering.

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I'm sure that some very lucky mamas don't experience any sort of prolapse after birth, but from what I've read most do. I've also read studies that prolapses can get better or improve. Obviously, there are going to be permanent changes to a woman's body from giving birth. Your vagina is going to lose a little tone etc. There's a lot you can do to improve your pelvic floor function, however. I'm a huge fan of a blog called www.katysays.com She has a lot of great ideas and knowledge.

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scottishmommy - I haven't spent a lot of time on her site - she seems to post a lot, though!  Does she suffer from PFD?  Just curious.  The woman who does the Hab-it DVD and blog does suffer from PFD, and I find it reassuring that she has personal understanding.

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Thanks scottishmommy, I do read Katy's blog and try to do the positions/workouts that she recommends.

 

Oh, that reminds me -- what is the "whole woman posture" -- can someone tell me? Is it basically sticking your tail bone out, keeping a strong lumbar curve?


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Have you guys been on this forum??  http://prolapsehealth.com/forums/

 

It's great!  I am feeling very encouraged by it, but have not started posting there yet.

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I am 35 and just 2 1/2 weeks after having my 4th baby(water birth, fast pushing phase).   I saw my midwife on last wed after knowing something crazy was going on and she told me I have one of the worst cystocle/rectoceles she has seen which obviously was pretty upsetting to hear.  I also had severe pubic symphasis/si joint problems during pregnancy and had separation during delivery.  I had a 4th degree episiotomy/vaccuum extraction with my first and think I may have had a mild bladder prolapse since then now that I am reading more.  (I have tried to read through as much of the thread as possible...)  Anyway, I have some urine leaking, and LOTS of pain.  I guess I am here for support, and the hope this will get better.  Also, trying to figure out how much I can be up and around the next few weeks w/o making this worse so any feedback on that in particular would really help.

 

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Hi, I'm new to this thread, I've been in the Trying to Conceive one.. However, after a visit today to a specialist, I was told I had a rectocele.  I am currently waiting for another referral, this time to a gynecologist, for confirmation/to make sure I don't have any other prolapse (my family doc and I don't think that I do, based on what's been going on with me).  I haven't had time to read many of the existings posts here (there are so many!), so I don't know if there is anything on here about getting pregnant while having a rectocele.  I'm not sure what treatment will be recommended-- I have had only one episode where a bit of the tissue was protruding out through my vagina but it went back in quite quickly--so I don't know how 'bad' my situation is.  But it scares me to think not only about it getting worse after birthing a second child, but, what if some kind of prolapse happened with baby in utero?  I didn't get many answers today, only that I'd have to wait to see the gynecologist and a comment that I could always get pregnant now and then book a c-section so that my pelvic floor doesn't go to shambles.  I felt more scared than reassured after today's visit, and it could take 6 months for me to get in to see the gyne.  Can someone please offer me any advice or info right now, since I don't know when I will get through all the posts... Thanks so much!


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I am 35 and just 2 1/2 weeks after having my 4th baby(water birth, fast pushing phase).   I saw my midwife on last wed after knowing something crazy was going on and she told me I have one of the worst cystocle/rectoceles she has seen which obviously was pretty upsetting to hear.  I also had severe pubic symphasis/si joint problems during pregnancy and had separation during delivery.  I had a 4th degree episiotomy/vaccuum extraction with my first and think I may have had a mild bladder prolapse since then now that I am reading more.  (I have tried to read through as much of the thread as possible...)  Anyway, I have some urine leaking, and LOTS of pain.  I guess I am here for support, and the hope this will get better.  Also, trying to figure out how much I can be up and around the next few weeks w/o making this worse so any feedback on that in particular would really help.

 

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I am 2.5 weeks PP with baby #6 (my last) and had a uterine prolapse last time around (cervix at vaginal opening immediately after delivery) but by a few months PP it was 3/4 the way back where it should be but never fully returned.  Now after this labor (only 30 minutes and 1 or two pushes baby was out with a bang and now I am feeling weird.  I have constant urgency feeling (but no pain when peeing) and if I push kinda (like when you are trying to pee fast) it kinda hurts (by the way I had no tears or anything) which makes me think maybe my bladder isnt where it should be either.  Immediately after birth (well day 3 or so) I noticed cervix at the opening again though it seems to be getting slightly better I am scared to look.  Now when I am going (number 2) it feels like I can never go all the way.  I feel like I am all messed up now and am so scared I will never be normal again.  I am so sscared of surgery (I have had severe gallbladder attacks for years and just dont want to get it removed) and with all the things I have heard about the surgeries to suspend things back where they should (negatve things) it scares me even more. 

 

Just here really for support and ideas on home therapy besides kegals as they aren't really doing much and never have for me.

 


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Hi everyone, new here.  I'm 14 months post partum, and during my last period felt something that wasn't there before...I was sure it was my cervix hanging very low (that's what it looked like) but the RN I saw told me I was fine, though the muscle around my bladder was weak, that the bulge I felt was probably my bladder, and I have had some leaks recently.  Anyways, I was really scared and started researching like crazy.  I found a few things I want to try, it's hard to decide amongst all the conflicting info!

 

I'm really curious about the Kegel Queen program, but just can't afford to spend $267 for the program (way too much in my opinion) but it seems very useful.  Has anyone tried it?  I searched the thread and found some mentions, but no one talking about using it.

 

Also, just wanted to share that I got the Whole Woman Yoga DVD (since that was the cheapest thing on the site) and it is just OK, not really worth $30, IMO.  Only about 20 mins of yoga, kind of poorly narrated and the first half is a rehash of what is on her website.  Kinda disappointed, but at least I can see how to do the posture better.  

 

 

 

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Hi everyone, new here.  I'm 14 months post partum, and during my last period felt something that wasn't there before...I was sure it was my cervix hanging very low (that's what it looked like) but the RN I saw told me I was fine, though the muscle around my bladder was weak, that the bulge I felt was probably my bladder, and I have had some leaks recently.  Anyways, I was really scared and started researching like crazy.  I found a few things I want to try, it's hard to decide amongst all the conflicting info!

 

I'm really curious about the Kegel Queen program, but just can't afford to spend $267 for the program (way too much in my opinion) but it seems very useful.  Has anyone tried it?  I searched the thread and found some mentions, but no one talking about using it.

 

Also, just wanted to share that I got the Whole Woman Yoga DVD (since that was the cheapest thing on the site) and it is just OK, not really worth $30, IMO.  Only about 20 mins of yoga, kind of poorly narrated and the first half is a rehash of what is on her website.  Kinda disappointed, but at least I can see how to do the posture better.  

 

 

 


You may want to check out www.hab-it.com.  It is a great site by a woman who is a physical therapist with personal experience regarding prolapse.  I find her to be very informative and pro-active.  I purchased her DVD when I discovered my cystocele.  What she says makes sense, and the workouts are targeted and just long enough to make them easy to fit in a busy schedule.
 

 


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Thanks, Simonesez2u.  Did your cystocele improve?  I am in information overload now, and worried about doing the wrong thing, you know?

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I know what you mean!  I went crazy when I first figured out what it was, then I freaked out.  I am fortunate in that my cystocele is minor and does not really bother me.  I discovered it after monitoring my 3rd degree tear repair after the birth of my daughter.  There it was blocking the entrance to my Hoo Ha!  I experienced some heaviness in my pelvic floor and I did leak slightly every now and then.  My muscles were so weak, I couldn't stop my urine mid stream when I tried to find my pelvic floor muscles so I could kegel properly.

 

It has improved visually.  Everything has lifted.  The heavy feeling is gone, I don't leak at all, and I can stop my urine stream.  I do all the things I did before I found out I had a prolapse.  I've been doing the hab-it dvd since around 6 weeks pp.  Honestly I cant' say if it is the exercises or just time that has made me better.  I can say that I slacked off for a few weeks and when I checked things out (because I now can't help but give it a peek every now and then) things looked lower.  I promptly started back exercising and again things look lifted again.  I think it is something that will have to be done from now on.  There is so much info out there and a lot of it can get you down.  That is why I love reading Tasha's blog on the hab-it web site.  I mean the woman had a stage 3 cystocele and improved it to a 1-2 AND she is a triathlete.  It is a very encouraging and positive place.

 

The prolapsehealth.com forum mentioned by a previous poster is also a positive and encouraging forum with good information.  I haven't used the whole woman web site much.  I read some from the forum here and there.  The posture you are suppose to practice just did not make sense to me personally and was uncomfortable.  To each her own you know. 

 

I hope some of this was helpful. Good luck in your journey to healing what ever you decide to put into practice.


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Thanks again!  I am glad to hear it helped, it sounds like it really was great for you in fact!  And thanks for sharing about what it was like for you, it is so scary to think your organs are falling out!

 

I don't love the Whole Woman site much myself...well let's just say I have some issues with it, but wanted to try the posture thing.  I think I'll get the hab-it DVD, and I'll check out the prolapsehealth.com, thanks!  Of course I am going overboard, I also just ordered some DVDs from Katy Bowman, she has one on the pelvic floor which is very affordable, I liked the previews.  We'll see what I can actually do with a very rambunctious 14 month old!  wink1.gif

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Is this going to ruin my marriage?  Sex has become such an issue between me and DH that I am worried now.  I had a uterine prolapse with my 5th pregnancy (to the opening of vagina, not outside of it though) that went MOSTLY back where it belonged after but not quite.  Id say a little like 3/4ths back to where it belongs.  (my cervix)   It didn't really affect our intimacy though. Then pregnancy #6 (this most recent and last one) I had such severe SPD that the last month we couldnt really do much without me being miserable so needless to say we had issues but he was very much looking forward to PP and 4-6 weeks things getting normal again.  However, I am 6 weeks PP and my cervix is only 1/2 the way back where it should be now it is quite saggy.  We were intimate for the first time last night and with positions that didn't require deep penetration things were fine but others (actually anything but missonary) are off limits as my cervix is hit and it makes me bleed (not bad just spot).  Am I doomed to deal with this from now on?  Is my sexlife with DH forever limited now?  Do I look into hysterectomy?  I am at a loss and depressed.


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 Sharita, I'm sorry you are having to deal with this issue on top of taking care of a new bub.  Give yourself a break, 6 weeks PP is not that long at all.  I had all kinds of strange things going on down there after my daughters birth (and subsequent tear and slight bladder prolapse).  I'm a little over 5 months pp now and there is a world of difference in how things felt just a couple months ago to now.  At 6 weeks pp sex flat out hurt upon entry (TMI) and was not really that great and I'm talking in missionary position only.  I felt disheartened.  The good news is that DH and I are back in the saddle lol.gif so to speak.  I'm sure things will get better but I do know how it feels to want things to get better NOW.


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Well Sharita has had six kids so I think she probably has a pretty good personal yardstick to measure where she should be at at six weeks pp. My cervix is quite low also, much lower than is normal for me, and I have recently found that the whole woman posture really helps to keep things better positioned. On the days that I stand up properly, my pelvic organs do too. On the days that I slouch more, my pelvic organs do too. I've found that the reasoning behind whole woman posture is simple and makes sense. You are basically standing and moving in a way that allows your pelvic organs proper support and positioning. Istead of lying on your vagina, they lie on your pubic bone. The best thing about it is that it is something that you can start doing ruight now towards fixing your prolapse.


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Hi mamas.  I just started a new thread on this site with a list of questions to ask a surgeon if you're considering surgery for POP.  My friend just came up with them, she is amazing.  A great guide for those who, like me, are less methodical and more scatterbrained.

 

The thread is called "Questions to ask your surgeon if you're considering surgery for POP", or something like that.

 

Wishing you all healing!

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When your pregnant your uterus seem to go back into place right? A lot of remission happens when your pregnant. I get a break from my IC only when I'm pregnant. It must be the hormones. On that note, I tried something not many would do. I prepared my saved placenta and took six big gulps of it. And let me tell you, THAT WAS THE WEIRDEST MOMENT OF MY LIFE!!!!!!!!!!! I was in an altered state of energy for days! My dh even noticed. I did this because, well, for one thing I was desperate, and thought wth what can it hurt, it just might help. I think it did. The hormones that supported the uterus were once again back in my body. Would I do it again? Probably not the way I prepared it the last time. That was pretty hard for me. It reminded me of the Fear Factor show. I'm not so sure if this effect will last because I starting to feel my cystocele again. Its really discouraging. I'm not kidding when I say its like a water balloon in my vagina. But for two days after I drank my placenta (some of it) I felt normal. Everything was tight and in place. The next time I'll hire a Chinese Dr. who will prepare the placenta for me. They'll dehydrate it and put it in capsules. I hear it can be useful for menopause. My main intention will be to speed PP recovery.

About the MW, for the pp concern... I asked that same question. I'm thinking about UC next time because during the last 3 deliveries the same MW freaked out at the very end. If you do a MW go to someone who will support a delivery while you don't push. I think its called fire-breathing. Is that what they're talking about when they say breath the baby out? Women in comas can give birth vaginally. Your uterus is going to push the baby out with or with out you. In our case of POP its better to let our bodies do it on its own. Its a good idea to breath the baby out to avoid POP in the first place. Does anyone else feel betrayed that our MW's never told us POP was possible? I wish I knew better.



When I was pregnant with my last baby, I took Hypnobirthing classes and learned about breathing the baby out vs. pushing.  I fully believe in this technique and would recommend it to anyone.  When it came time to birth my baby, my body was so overwhelmed with the urge to push that I couldn't help it.  (I tried the breathing technique to breath him out, but my body just took over)  I have seen home videos of women 'breathing' their babies out and it is awesome and inspiring.  I wish I was able to breath him out, as he was birthed very rapidly and I am 5 weeks PP and have been diagnosed wit stage 1-2 uterine prolapse.  I think it is due to him being OP and from the very rapid birth.  Also, I gave birth to twins 3 years ago and maybe it is possible that from being so huge preggo with them that the weight of my uterus put a lot of pressure on the ligaments that hold the uterus up in place and made those ligaments more lax.  I don't know, just a guess there :-)  I do agree with you that women should be informed that POP is possible and what to do to prevent it.

 

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Hi ladies, I am glad I was directed to this thread.  I have replied to a pp, but I feel I should introduce myself.  I birthed my fourth baby 5 weeks ago and have since been diagnosed with uterine prolapse.  My gyno believes that is should improve 40-50% on its own.  I was diagnosed about 2 weeks ago and I feel it has not gotten better yet.  I go back for a re-eval in 2 weeks and the again at 2 months PP.  I want to avoid surgery, and I do want to start exercising again.  I gained 80 lbs in this last pregnancy and still need to shed about 60 lbs yet.  I was told by my Gyno to not do a lot of walking and to not exercise yet because it can make it worse.  Though, my MW told me to do speed walking, core strengthening exercises, and kegels to help it improve.  Also, the gyno told me that kegels will not help the prolapse because kegels only affect the bottom third of the vagina....I am so confused, who do I listen to?  My last labor and birth was very rapid and my ds was OP.  I feel like his position at birth and how rapid the birthing stage was is the main reason I have this prolapse.  My MW believes that having been prgnant with and birthing twins previously has had an impact on me developing the prolapse as well.  I have tried to do a little research about this on my own, but so far all the sites I have been to have regurgitated the info from the first website I visited.  I am worried that walking and exercising and carrying my baby in a sling (which he loves) is all going to make the prolapse worse, but these are all things I need to do and want to do.  I have read a few posts so far on here and saw somethings about certain vitamins to take that may help and to visit the whole woman website also.  I also saw something about chiropractic care.  Does this really help a POP?  My MW feels that the prolapse shouldn't get worse because it was caused from birthing babies, though my gyno says it could.  I hate recieving conflicting info..I don't know who to believe.  I am very thankful for this thread....I am hoping to find more good info as I go through the 70+ pages of posts..lol  If anyone feels like sharing a success story in response to my post; feel free..I would love to hear what has worked for other women with a prolapsed uterus.

 

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Hi ladies, I am glad I was directed to this thread.  I have replied to a pp, but I feel I should introduce myself.  I birthed my fourth baby 5 weeks ago and have since been diagnosed with uterine prolapse.  My gyno believes that is should improve 40-50% on its own.  I was diagnosed about 2 weeks ago and I feel it has not gotten better yet.  I go back for a re-eval in 2 weeks and the again at 2 months PP.  I want to avoid surgery, and I do want to start exercising again.  I gained 80 lbs in this last pregnancy and still need to shed about 60 lbs yet.  I was told by my Gyno to not do a lot of walking and to not exercise yet because it can make it worse.  Though, my MW told me to do speed walking, core strengthening exercises, and kegels to help it improve.  Also, the gyno told me that kegels will not help the prolapse because kegels only affect the bottom third of the vagina....I am so confused, who do I listen to?  My last labor and birth was very rapid and my ds was OP.  I feel like his position at birth and how rapid the birthing stage was is the main reason I have this prolapse.  My MW believes that having been prgnant with and birthing twins previously has had an impact on me developing the prolapse as well.  I have tried to do a little research about this on my own, but so far all the sites I have been to have regurgitated the info from the first website I visited.  I am worried that walking and exercising and carrying my baby in a sling (which he loves) is all going to make the prolapse worse, but these are all things I need to do and want to do.  I have read a few posts so far on here and saw somethings about certain vitamins to take that may help and to visit the whole woman website also.  I also saw something about chiropractic care.  Does this really help a POP?  My MW feels that the prolapse shouldn't get worse because it was caused from birthing babies, though my gyno says it could.  I hate recieving conflicting info..I don't know who to believe.  I am very thankful for this thread....I am hoping to find more good info as I go through the 70+ pages of posts..lol  If anyone feels like sharing a success story in response to my post; feel free..I would love to hear what has worked for other women with a prolapsed uterus.

 

~Diana


Also, I want to add; I have heard that periods are very painful with a uterine prolapse.  I haven't found any info about this on my own and have not had a period yet (hopefully i won't for a long time because I am BF'ing) so if someone could let me know if this is true, I would appreciate it :-)  Also, my DH and have not yet resumed a physical relationship, which I know intercourse can be painful with POP..so if you wanna share anything you ladies have done to avoid painful intercourse, i am willing to hear your techniques.  This may sound stupid; but is it ok to have an orgasm with a prolapsed uterus?  Does it hurt or make the prolapse worse?

 

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Is this going to ruin my marriage?  Sex has become such an issue between me and DH that I am worried now.  I had a uterine prolapse with my 5th pregnancy (to the opening of vagina, not outside of it though) that went MOSTLY back where it belonged after but not quite.  Id say a little like 3/4ths back to where it belongs.  (my cervix)   It didn't really affect our intimacy though. Then pregnancy #6 (this most recent and last one) I had such severe SPD that the last month we couldnt really do much without me being miserable so needless to say we had issues but he was very much looking forward to PP and 4-6 weeks things getting normal again.  However, I am 6 weeks PP and my cervix is only 1/2 the way back where it should be now it is quite saggy.  We were intimate for the first time last night and with positions that didn't require deep penetration things were fine but others (actually anything but missonary) are off limits as my cervix is hit and it makes me bleed (not bad just spot).  Am I doomed to deal with this from now on?  Is my sexlife with DH forever limited now?  Do I look into hysterectomy?  I am at a loss and depressed.


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If you are in Chicago, you should book an appointment with Dr. Roger Goldberg at Northshore University. He wrote the book "Ever Since I had my Baby". I saw one of his associates and she made me feel sooo much better. They are not surgery happy. The practice referred me to an awesome physical therapist at Lake View Physical Therapy http://www.lakeviewpt.com/. I also found that chiropractic treatments helped a lot with all my issues. I go to Community Chiropractic on Belmont and Southport.
As far as your sex life....I actually find that penetration is the best for lifting everything up. Your uterus should just go into it's normal (non prolapse) position. I'm assuming that the bleeding is lochia? Otherwise I would just do some inverted poses before sex to encourage everything to go back up.

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i wear a pessary most of the time. it helps to hold stuff up until your ligaments get back in shape. i also like yoga and core exercises. the pessary lets me dtd without pain.


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hi ladies im new here. im 26 and i have one child. i m diagnosed with a global prolapse, that is, rectal, vaginal vault wall, bladder, uterus, urethra and maybe other walls too... i was told i need complete reconstructive surgury with a hysterectomy but i want to have more children and im afraid of the surgery. i did physical therapy for several months and it helped get my muscles a little stronger but the prolapse didnt change. i've lost a good deal of muscle on the right side especially and have nerve damage although i dont know the extent. for the last several months ive kind of given up and stopped trying. things are worse, but im obcessing over it a little less. i havent accepted it yet even though its been almost a year. some people tell me i can heal myself but it seems so severe and difficult and i dont know how or if it can be done in my case. having a hard time and alone. thanks for listening

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I am so sorry to hear about your global prolapse.  That is pretty severe especially after only one child, I really feel for you.  I really don't know a whole lot about this type of prolapse, and I really don't know a ton about my own prolapse either....I have a uterine prolapse grade 1-2.  How old is your child lil liah?  My youngest is 8 weeks and I was just to the Ob/GYN on Tuesday for a re-exam for my prolapse and it has only resolved about 25%, so I know how you feel about giving up when things don't seem to be resolving-especially when you have been working so hard to help things.  Hang in there though.  I would definitely get a 2nd opinion on surgery-especially if you want more children.  There are a lot of docs out there and they all have differing opinions, and some seem to be surgery-happy (if you kwim).  You may find a doc that has a few options that have been successful vs. surgery.  There is a lot of info on this thread from other mamas that I have been reading through...so far I think I have made it to pg. 16..lol.  There are a lot of posts and it takes a long time to go through them but I think you will find some info you need.  Unfortunately, this thread doesn't seem to be very active.  I first posted on here 7-27-11 and have not yet received a response.  Hopefully someone else chimes in for you that will know more about your situation.  I always check in on this thread and I get updates in my email to the threads I have posted in, so anytime you need to vent or are just looking for encouragement, know I am out here and I will listen and give you as much support as I can, as will the other mamas on this thread :-) POP is a hard thing to accept, especially when we work so hard to take care of our bodies before and during pregnancy and our bodies fail us anyways-especially when our bodies are made for growing and birthing babies. 

 

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i wear a pessary most of the time. it helps to hold stuff up until your ligaments get back in shape. i also like yoga and core exercises. the pessary lets me dtd without pain.



What type of pessary do you use?  My OB/GYN gave me a pessary when I saw him on Tues. just to use while I am exercising to help hold my uterus up-it is calles an  inflatoball.   I am slightly apprehensive about using it, it is latex and I would insert it and then inflate it into a doughnut shape, then to take it out I deflate it and pull it out.  Is this like what you use?  How do you feel about using a pessary?  Are you able to feel it inside of you while you exercise and does it move down in your vaginal canal while you work out?  Sorry for all the questions :)

 

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