I am a 38 yr old mom to 3, last delivery was in 1997. I have had some trouble with ovarian cysts in recent years. Around ovulation, cysts would form and burst and fluid in the abdomen would show up on the ultra sound. The Drs and I figured this was my problem and it was basically only "treatable" with birth control pills. I tried many and am currently not on them.
To make a long story short....recently, or so it seems, the feeling of fullness, bloating, and things "falling down" has gotten much worse. I was thinking it was still cysts, as it does get much worse after ovulation. Now I am having trouble with what feels like constipation, altho I do have frequent small movements.
Here is the part that scares me. I have for many years had to apply pressure on the perineum during bowel movements occassionally, now more frequently. I have felt a bulge in my vagina when sitting on the toilet, and now I definitely think I feel my cervix at the vaginal opening when having a bowel movement or urination.
I just had a pelvic exam like 2 months ago...2 in fact. Is it possible the Dr missed this? When I saw her, we both really thot my discomfort was from cysts. I did tell her I felt, full, pressure, etc. Can a Dr see a prolapse when you are lying down?
After the birth of my 2nd in '94 I went to the Dr about 2 weeks post partum because I felt a bulge in my vagina when I was on the toilet, but he did not find anything and he even had me "bear down" while I was being examined.
Please let me know what you think and what I should do. I am very uncomfortable right now and I dont know if it warrants seeing the Dr right away or what. I almost took a laxative lastnight as I cant stand feeling like I am so constipated, but I am going a little bit so I just dont know what to do.
I am sorry this is so long!
Don't be scared, thankfully - this is not a life threatening condition!
First bit of advise.... seek out a urogyncologist! I too had many of your symptoms and was never told I had pelvic prolapses until a few years ago... but realize now after research - I have had it for years (actually after the birth of my last child - 20 yrs ago). It's not 'normal' to have to push your poo out... or have your cervix at the opening of your vagina. I have read that often the patient will need to stand up and bear down...
I have a retroverted uterus (more prone to prolapse) and laying down.. it flops back but standing up, it falls down.
If there is anything I learned here on this site - is to seek a 2nd and possibly a 3rd opinion. Most importantly, I learned here is that there are SPECIALIST who focus on pelvic floor disorders.. and that aurogynocologist! I had to search a bit to find one, who is over an hour away.. but I know it is worth the extra effort.
Thanks for your reply!
I just called the Dr and spoke to the nurse and I sort of feel like an idiot. I told her my symptoms and first she asked if I had seen my family doc for this (???) and then she said I could make an appointment if it would make me feel more comfortable??? Is it me, or did she just blow me off?? I can't get in until the end of January. I don't know what to do. I realize that this is not life threatening...thank God. I am just so uncomfortable and embarrassed and scared of surgery. I just started with this Dr and I feel kind of let down.
I am thinking of calling another Dr, but I don't want to be a baby about it. It really is making my life miserable tho...I mean I just want to feel normal, go to the bathroo normal, actually have sex, altho that is the last thing I could care about right now.
Is there anything I can do to make it a little easier while I wait? I've been doing lot's of fiber and water all week and that might be making me feel a little worse somehow because I always feel a full bowel but I just dont go much at a time.
This is depressing. Thank you so much for hearing me out.
cinn70 I have been through all of what your going through and then some. It's hard to wrap your head around all of this I know especially when dr.s DON'T treat prolapse like they should! I hate to say this but most dr's will NOT talk to a patient about it even if they see it on exam, they wait for the woman to bring it up SORRY but not my idea of good medical care; would a dr. ignore a skipped heartbeat and wait for a patient to have a heart attack? While prolapse isn't life threatening it IS life altering, just ask anyone on this board or on the UPRISE website and they'll tell you. Go to a few urogynecologists for opinions because my experience has been that they all have different ideas about what to treat and how to treat it. Some are nice and some seem nasty and annoyed like "so what you had babies what did you expect"? I say this not to scare but but just letting you know if you encounter this type of dr. DON'T deal with them! You have a right to feel better without something falling out of you and if you find the right dr. to work with you will achieve that goal Check out and research all the posts here and on UPRISE http://prolapse.hyperboards.com/inde...d_id=1&start=1
Many women have found success in repairs but you have to decide what's best for you. Good luck!