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Unread 08-02-2005, 02:34 PM
Prolapsed uterus??

For those who may have had a prolapsed uterus therefore resulting in a hysterectomy, could you tell me more about it?

here is my situation: 36 yrs old, just had my 3rd baby 4 weeks ago and after i gave birth, doc told me that my cervix was RIGHT THERE and that i would eventually have to have a hysterectomy.

I go in for my postpartum checkup today, but my cervix is STILL RIGHT THERE, and when i sneeze, lift anything somewhat heavy, i can feel it bulging out more.

can anyone give me their story? did you have a partial Hysterectomy, how are you feeling? did it hurt...the usual questions im sure most of us have.
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Unread 08-02-2005, 02:57 PM
Prolapsed uterus??

I'm 40 years old and my surger is scheduled for December 6th.

I have a prolaspe and my bladder is slightly prolasped. The doctor can take my uterus and cervix, but unless my overies are unhealthy, I'm not going to have them removed.
Unread 08-02-2005, 03:31 PM
Prolapsed uterus??

hey, i'm almost 35, had prolapsed uterus, uterine fibroids, heavy heavy periods, with clots, lots of pain, etc. i had a vaginal hysterectomy on june 10th!! the best thing i've ever done (health related) i knew my uterus had dropped; and that was one of my main reasons or diagnosis for my surgery. i feel so much better.
my dr said that if i didn't have my hysterectomy, that it would eventually become too painful to have sex. i certainly did not want that. so, now, i am period free! and doing great. i would recommend it to anyone who needs it!! no doubt about it.
my kids are 14 and 11; so i was through having babies. you would need to be sure of that before doing anything this drastic. keep that in mind
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Unread 08-02-2005, 03:52 PM
Prolapsed uterus??

I had a lavh on june 21st due to a prolapsed uterus and cervical lesions.My uterus was prolapsed just enough to sit on my pelvic bone and rubbed it raw if I walked very much! I didn't know why I hurt all the time or had these places they kept biopsying.Finally they figured it out and said I could have it removed and the insurance would pay because of the prolapse so I jumped on it.My youngest sister had a total prolapse when she was in her early 30's.She was miserable and wet her pants all the time(I did too but not real bad) It causes damage to your vaginal wall that they usually have to repair,I had a posterier repair done .My sis had both posterior and anterior repair.It sounds painful,but its really not that painful.I also had a bladder sling done to hold my bladder back up where its suppose to be.I really thinks you should think about having this done soon as you can cause it does cause more problems the longer you wait cause it gets worse and worse.Coughing made mine much worse.I had the flu 2 years ago and that is when I really started to notice it.Then, I started walking 2-3 miles a day and after that was when it got bad and I started hurting.But please talk to your Dr. about it.All I can tell you is about me.I had a total hysterectomy,but you don't have to do that.You can keep your ovaries as long as you don't have any problems with them.With any surgery,there is going to be some pain,but its worth it not to have the problems anymore.I pinch a lot when I walk too much but that gets better every day.Good luck and congratulations on your new baby.-Marsha
Unread 08-02-2005, 04:31 PM
Prolapsed uterus??

Dear Mystery:

Welcome to HysterSisters 85% of hysts are done for quality of life issues, not to SAVE a life. If the prolapse is not painful or bothersome to you at this time, perhaps you will be better served to focus on your new addition (congrats by the way ).

Here is a link to the prolapse section of our Resources Directory:

Things that can affect prolapse are: extra weight, a lifestyle of heavy lifting, smoking (too much coughing!), post-vaginal childbirth, age, and heredity. Your options may include using a pessary (to hold the uterus in place), resuspension surgery, or a hysterectomy (prolapse victims are generally excellent candidates for the less-invasive vaginal hyst).

You may wanna talk to you doc about kegel exercises. All women (hysterectomy or not) should do them daily. Here is a link about the benefits:

Of course, you should take into consideration whether you are finished having babies... and should investigate keeping your healthy ovaries if you opt for a hysterectomy. It's my understanding that prolapse patients are not good candidates to retain their cervix, since that is part of the problem (falling organs). In my own case, the post-op report stated that the uterus was NOT prolapsed, but the cervix was terribly elongated... I guess the need for correction was still the same, it's just a little creepy to see the pre-op diagnosis NOT match the post-op report.

Be sure to get more than one medical opinion. My doc #2 had much more cutting & pasting in mind for me than doc #3. Get smart about your symptoms and your options, and make the best choice for YOU.

I am sending huge cyberhugs
Unread 08-02-2005, 07:46 PM
Prolapsed uterus??

I was diagnosed with a prolapse after the birth of my last child and was told I would eventually have to do something about it. 20 years later I had surgery. It wasn't until the last year that it became bad enough to do something about it, and even then I could have waited if absolutely necessary. Twyla has some very good points about enjoying your baby now. Good luck to you.
Unread 08-02-2005, 10:50 PM
Prolapsed uterus??

Hello Mystery,

I had surgery due to prolapses over 4 months ago (removal of the uterus and cervix and anterior and posterior repair and bladder sling). I have had a pretty good recovery. I am 35, so we are very close in age. I have 4 children. The last 2 were a set of twins (now 3 yrs. old) and they really did a job on me. I did not find out about my prolapses until last Nov. After surgery, I was down for a good six weeks. Since you have a new born at home, you might want to wait a while on surgery unless you are having problems. Try the kegel exercises. Search out your options. Give your body time to heal from having the baby. Enjoy your baby, they grow up quickly......

Unread 08-03-2005, 10:23 AM
Prolapsed uterus??

THANKS for the replies everyone!

Donna, I went to the doc yesterday. He said that my cervix has lifted quite a bit, what i'm feeling 'hanging out' is my bladder! he said i would eventually have to have the same thing that you had....exactly!! But he said not to worry about it right now, do kegel's and workout (i was complaining that i need to start working out! eeeeee) and enjoy little one. We would cross the "H" bridge when we get to it.

But working out pushes my 'guts' out more and i dont like the feeling of it. He said if it comes out more, then we would just take care of it sooner.

The bladder sling.... can you feel that? what exactly is it?

THANKS again ladies for your answers!!! i appreciate it tremendously!!! I'm going to follow all of your posts!

oh, and yeah i'm done have kids.... so that really isnt a worry. Ive been tremendously blessed with 3! :dance2:
Unread 08-03-2005, 06:48 PM
Prolapsed uterus??

I'm very happy to hear your news. Some women never do need to have their prolapse repaired and maybe you'll be one of those lucky souls. I can feel the bladder sling, but it's not painful. Just an awareness that it's there.

There are several different types of slings. Click here to see exactly how it's done. The site shows the TOT, TVT and Burch procedures. Click on the left to choose which procedure you want to look at and click "next" down at the bottom to move forward through each proceudure. **Warning - this is very graphic. Don't look if you're squeemish.
Unread 08-04-2005, 07:13 PM
Prolapsed uterus??

Hi I had a prolapse for about 5 years before I had surgery, when other things started happening. I fit doesn't bother you too much I would wait before doing something drastic.

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