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What is exactly is prolapse and does everyone have it happen to them? What is exactly is prolapse and does everyone have it happen to them?

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Unread 10-23-2021, 01:19 PM
What is exactly is prolapse and does everyone have it happen to them?

Hey sisters!

I'm very curious about this whole prolapse word I'm seeing. What exactly is it and what causes it, and does it happen to everyone? How to prevent it?
Scary stuff to think about that, I never got told about this during pre-op. I didn't realize there was so much to worry about after a hysterectomy when it was suppose to help us with whatever we were dealing with.

Kinda like, is our bodies every going to actually be normal again? Like hardcore workouts, sex, internally??? I wish I would have known all the what if's and concerns before this procedure.

I just read an article from a physical therapist who had a hysterectomy who said that ALL women must have pelvic floor internal physical therapy so THEY DON'T PROLASPE!
WHHHHAATTT I have never been told this ....IS THIS TRUE?
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Unread 10-23-2021, 01:36 PM
Re: What is exactly is prolapse and does everyone have it happen to them?

I had my surgery in 2006 and have no prolapse issues. I kept my cervix and ovaries, did no pelvic floor therapy, run almost every day, etc. some people are just more prone to them while others have issues.
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Unread 10-23-2021, 02:05 PM
Re: What is exactly is prolapse and does everyone have it happen to them?



No, not everyone is going to have a prolapse after having a hysterectomy. I had a TAH/BSO, meaning my entire uterus (which includes the cervix) was removed, plus I had my Fallopian tubes and ovaries removed. My surgery was in April of 2002 and I have no prolapse issues and never had any pelvic floor therapy. I'm able to fully enjoy life--it's actually better for me post-hysterectomy than it was pre-hysterectomy but it took a year or a bit more to get to that point, just as my doctor predicted it would.

While it can be good to know about possible consequences of surgery, it doesn't do any good to worry about something that may never even happen. It's a waste of energy that would be better put to following your doctor's orders and focusing on your recovery.

Relax and do some things that bring you joy and peace.

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Unread 10-23-2021, 02:45 PM
Re: What is exactly is prolapse and does everyone have it happen to them?

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Originally Posted by dressedupinblue View Post
I had my surgery in 2006 and have no prolapse issues. I kept my cervix and ovaries, did no pelvic floor therapy, run almost every day, etc. some people are just more prone to them while others have issues.
SHEW! Had me worried. Surgeon took everything but my left ovary.
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Unread 10-23-2021, 02:51 PM
Re: What is exactly is prolapse and does everyone have it happen to them?

Thanks April for reassurance. 4 weeks post op and still feel like everything wants to fall out of vagina and have pressure around vagina hole. Have had this since Week 2. Went and got checked bc I was worried and doc said everything was intacted and where it should be. Still hasn't stopped me from worrying. Im a worry wart and always have been, esp. when it comes to my body.

It took you a year to feel back to normal April?
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Unread 10-23-2021, 03:00 PM
Re: What is exactly is prolapse and does everyone have it happen to them?

To feel back to 100%, yes, it took that long. It's a gradual process that can't be hurried.

I used to be a worrier myself but thankfully came to the realization that it helps nothing--it's actually not healthy. It's better to divert that energy to positive thinking and actions. Recovery is as good a time as any to work toward that as a goal.

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Unread 10-23-2021, 03:03 PM
Re: What is exactly is prolapse and does everyone have it happen to them?

I wish my doctor would have told me this stuff.
I'm glad all this is over for you.
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Unread 10-23-2021, 03:53 PM
Re: What is exactly is prolapse and does everyone have it happen to them?

Prolapse can happen at any time. My best friend was 36 when her first child was born, and she opted for a planned caesarean to fix a bladder prolapse.

My mom had 3 kids, and she prolapsed after me (sorry, Mom!) and had it repaired then, at 30, and then again at 50, when she had a total hysterectomy and oopherectomy due to cancer.

My coworker, no kids, no hysterectomy, 62 and she had a bladder prolapse.

I’m 6 years out, do what I want, and have not had a problem.

This is a great article about prolapse.

https://www.uchicagomedicine.org/for...rgan-prolapses
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Unread 10-24-2021, 10:35 PM
What is exactly is prolapse and does everyone have it happen to them?

Prolapse is when something inside starts to fall where it shouldn't, and it's the reason I had a hysterectomy. Back in June, my cervix and uterus just started bulging out of my vagina. I dealt with it for two and a half months before my surgery--hoping I don't have to deal with any other prolapse in the future!
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Unread 10-25-2021, 07:24 AM
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Originally Posted by asturd View Post
I just read an article from a physical therapist who had a hysterectomy who said that ALL women must have pelvic floor internal physical therapy so THEY DON'T PROLASPE!
WHHHHAATTT I have never been told this ....IS THIS TRUE?
All women MUST have pelvic floor therapy? No. Some women do need or opt for PT, but a blanket statement like hints more at a physical therapist fishing for business.

Edited to add a link to two articles: Will I Experience Prolapse after My Hysterectomy? and Risk Factors for Pelvic Organ Prolapse. I've got 6 of the 12 factors listed, but also have things working in my favor (genetics, no previous history of prolapse), and so far 5+ years later, not the first sign of prolapse, despite weight lifting and intense cardio classes. I've not had the need for PFT.

I'd like to encourage you to check out the articles in our various libraries. Google can definitely lead you down the path of the scariest scenarios which you might not even be at risk for. It seems to be causing you more anxiety than warranted. Stick with HysterSisters instead.
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