Is there anthing that can cure vaginal fissures? My dr gave me anusol to put on it and it it SO not doing a **** thing but making me mad. Is there a surgery or anything? I can't go on with all this complications!
I'm so sorry you are suffering like this. Have you asked your doctor for any vaginal estrogen cream? I was given that after every gyn surgery I had. My UroGYN's said it was very good to help heal the tissues. I do believe it did help. Even now, it can help when I've had any type of healing problem. I still have 1 ovary and am not even estrogen-deficient in any way--just that little bit extra seems to help when things have been disturbed by surgery.
Since 'fissures' are tears or cuts in the surface area, it would seem logical that time and gentle treatment would allow them to heal. I was told after each of my surgeries that at least 6 weeks (and sometimes it was up to 12-13 weeks) was required of 'no intercourse' and 'nothing vaginally (except for the estrogen cream gently applied)' was the rule. Some people take even longer to heal. I did have extra surgeries but those were to remove mesh and fix the gaping holes left behind by such removals.
If you are worried about it, you may want to seek out a 2nd opinion of your own individual case. It really does not hurt when you are not sure you are getting the care you think you ought to be receiving. [I did when I finally got tired of the repetitive partial removals and wanted a lasting solution to my problem.]
I do hope you find the help and information you need.
Thank you for respomdomg! I was beginning to think no one read it!
The surgery was on oct1..we didn't have intercourse until almost christmas even though i got the all clear much earlier. The fissures are a newer bad symptom I have gotten from this ordeal that I wish I was never talked into. I cannot use estrgen cream at all, I have a very high family history of breat cancer and my surgeon has strongly advised me to not use it. I just feel shafted, I have done all I can and asked fro referrals and nothing happens or they actually decline my request. My marriage is really suffereing. I think the perineum needs to be made wider so that every time he enters me it doesn't rip open. I'm no dr but that sounds reasonable, I think he was an idiot and went gung ** and sewed me up tp the size of a 7 yr old. It's just riduculous and I've had more then enough. I am now seeing a gi dr because ever since this God awful surgery NOW I can no longer have a bm. WONDERFUL. No one should ever have surgery on their parts like I did. I would have much rather had a hyst. and be done with it but NOOO, sew me up so tight, slap the tvt in there (that by the way has prevented me from having an orgasn now) and mess with my rectal area. Great idea, where did you say you got your license? A cracker jack box? I now have to live in complete agaony every day and know that my marriage sucks when before it was wonderful and we had amazing sex. No antidepressant will ever help and I flat out refuse to take one when HE caused MY **** depression, you know?
Ok..sorry thanks for the rant. Doubt I'll find any answers. I go to see him tonight, so we'll see what crap he hands me this time!
I'm truly sorry you feel so terrible. From what I've read, the amount of estrogen in the vaginal cream is usually NOT enough to cause any type of increased chances of breast cancer. It is not 'systemic' and therefore does not increase the risk. You need to do a Google Search here on the website and check that out [upper right in the blue rectangle]. We have a hormone forum here where you can ask that question. Please go to that forum and see. There may not be any need to suffer this complication. A search may also help find you some of the answers you are seeking.
Thank you very much ladies! I seen my dr again last night and he is sending me for another opinion because he feels I am in a lot of pain but I WILL heal..yeah right. He also suggested the est. cream again but then said it would take up tp a year to notice any benefits as my fissures really are that bad. I again told him my history and what my surgeon advised me. Never take any estrogen. I understand some people think it won't cause problems but even in that one article it clearly states that estrogen is a NO NO for people with my history! As it is I have been choosen for genetic counselling for the brca gene next month. What if I did use the cream and something did happen? I would blame myself forever, you know that right? I am just screwed I think. My family dr is sending me to london but it's likely to be atlease a 2 yr wait...as it is I'm taking 6 percocets a day. I'm not sure how long I can stand on the edge like this without losing it. I love my dr but he really messed me up terribly and as nice as he is, I want to hate him. I am too young to not be able to make love with my husband whom I waited a lifetime for! I cannot sit down directly on my bum, always off to the side, car rides are out and having a bm?? What is that? I go MAYBE 1 time a week and that's thanks to a laxative. No I cannot be positive about this, I'm actually freaking! And on top of all this crap I have an 11yr old, a 2 yr old and a 1 yr old that I cannot enjoy because I HURT SO MUCH. I'm sorry but THIS sucks and isn't fair and I should be fixxed..ugh!
Thanks for listening ladies
There was another article in a naturapathic site that that talked about vaginal Vitamin E. I have a condition called Lichen's Sclerosis that can cause itching, pain and sores. I also use Eucerin non-itching lotion and Eucerin calming body wash. It is a fragrance and shampoo free cleansing lotion. I don't know if these would help you or not but thought you could talk to your Dr. about them.
I know for the LS that some use emu oil I wonder if that would be of help to you?
Here's a link to the National Vulvodynia Society, I didn't see anything on fissures but it may have some information that could be relevant toyour issues. http://www.nva.org/
I was thinking about your situation a bit more and got to thinking about the vaginal estrogen and testosterone that I use. I can't use the patch or oral estrogen because of the cancer diagnosis. However because of vaginal atrophy and because LS responds to cortisone, estrogen and testosterone I figured I may as well try a bit.
I only do 1/2 gram of estrogen 2 to 3 times a week so it isn't much, the testosterone is even smaller doseage than that. Both of these hormones help keep the skin healthy. I'm wondering if you could discuss very, very small amounts of these hormones with your Dr. so it gave you relief but didn't increase the chance of breast cancer.
If it is fully vaginal estrogen does not go systemic like the other estrogens. Remember also that if you were in natural menopause your ovaries would have continued to produce small amounts of estrogen, so maybe replacing that small amount could help with the fissures.
I just thought I would offer that as some conversation points for you and your Dr. There are some breast cancer survivors on the site who do take estrogen for these types of reasons.
My hysterectomy was Dec. 22nd...ever since I have dealt with fissure tearing, from above my clit clear up into my perineum and rectum. We always make sure we have plenty of lube on hand, but I feel like I have paper thin skin. I have been married 25 years to an amazing man and have had a great sex life, but this definitely dampens it a bit.
I am a 11 yr breast cancer survivor who was ER/PR + and cannot take ER/PR. I am calling my GYN tomorrow as I cannot handle this anymore!
Thank you all for your responses! I seen another dr and he too suggested premarin cream. In the meanwhile I went for genetic counselling (brca-1) and the counsellor said it should probably be safe used externally like th edr wanted. So I tried it the other night and I don't know if it was my medication (oral) or the cream but I was up all night with a racing heart and I thought I was going to die. I almost woke my husband. So today I was going to do the vitamin E BUT I started my period. Thank you all for your answers!!! I will keep you posted. I finally see a pelvic floor specialist here in Canada in June. FINALLY!!