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Unread 10-25-2007, 05:07 AM
Pelvic Organ Prolapse

Hello everyone,

I am new here. I have just discovered I have a uterine prolapse and very shortly after I started having bowel and bladder problems as well. I am still waiting to see a gynaecologist to find out exactly how bad things are but in the meantime I feel like I am in hell and robbed of my womanlyness!

I would sincerely love to hear from ladies that have had a hysterectomy and repairs for a Uterine prolapse, cystocele and rectocele and how they are getting on. I keep reading a lot of negativity and it is frightening the life out of me but I do not know how to live my life like this and from what I read they only get worse and not better.

I am 36 and have had 2 children - one vaginally which was traumatic and resulted in extensive tearing and my second via elective c-section to prevent risk of further damage down there.

Thank you and I look forward to hearing from you.

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Unread 10-25-2007, 05:29 AM
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I too have uterine prolapse, scheduled for the H, rectocele, cystocele repair. I'm in the process of further testing for something else discovered after the prolapse.

My surgeon has taught repair technique and has had very good results. I questioned him concerning the problems I'd read of. He acknowledged them and told me that was not the norm with a conservative and knowledgeable Dr.

This Gyn surgeon has actually been an advocate for me as I've dealt with frustrations of dealing with a disease specialist (Labs got 'lost', Dr was calling a # he thought was mine, not getting thru, red tape with insurance preapproval for tests).

He has personally contacted me at least 7 times. He's the one who cancelled my scheduled surgery because my white count was up.

Information is powerful. Just make sure you have a seasoned Dr. that is concerned for you as a whole...or use information to find one.

I wish you the very best!
Unread 10-25-2007, 05:42 AM
Hi Bev

Thanks for the quick reply. This has all happened so fast and I am in a spin. Everytime nature calls I panic. BM's have become a task in themselves and I am never sure if my bladder is emptying properly.

I am in the UK and waiting for appointments can take some time.

I immediately started reasearching on the internet and not sure if it that is a good or bad thing as there are so many scare stories out there.

I am very keen to speak other ladies who are going through and have been through the same thing. What was the surgical outcome, what time frame were they given by their surgeon as to how long the procedure lasts? Does removing the uterus provide a better end result or does it matter?

I have so many questions spinning around in my head and I am so very very scared of what is happening to my body.

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Unread 10-25-2007, 10:48 AM
Pelvic Organ Prolapse

I too have a uterine prolapse, with cycstocele, rectocele, and only God knows what else has fallen!

It is comforting to know I am not the only one who is going through this. I feel I am so young to be having such vaginal health problems. I am 33 and have 3 children. I will go to the doctor on Friday to review the results from my urodynamics test, and to schedule my hysterectomy. I cannot wait for all of this to be over. I think I've learned to deal with so much, I don't remember what normal is!!!

I am going to keep up with your post b/c I too need answers. What did your DR. say he would do for your cystocele? And, do you know exactly what a rectocele repair includes? Is it like an episiotomy? or is it only enter vaginal?
Unread 10-25-2007, 01:35 PM
Pelvic Organ Prolapse

Hi Mandie,

Like you I also thought at 36 I was far too young to be having problems like this. Goes to show how uneducated we are about these things. It affects many many women during their childbearing years.

I am having a really hard time coming to terms with this. I have yet to see a gynaecologist to confirm at what stage my prolapse is and what my treatment options - in the UK it takes a while to get appointments. I am very interested in hearing other womens stories about their outcomes.

Please do let me know how you get on I would love to hear from you.

Unread 10-25-2007, 02:46 PM
Pelvic Organ Prolapse


I will definatley keep you informed. If you have not seen your GYN about this - How do you know you have it? I mean I know you can tell that there is something different....but, is it possible it could be something else?

With my prolapse - which I assume has been progressing for years, my doctors never mentioned anything. I have had regular check ups each year. I mentioned once to a doctor about 3 years that I feel a bulge and have a hard time having a BM, and that's when she said "Yes, you do have a rather large pocket, and I can fix that with surgery if you want to" She did not imply that it was necessary, or that it could cause any problems. I have been "peeing" on myself for years with sneezes etc..., and have never had a doctor even mention it. But, as soon as the nurse looked "down there" during my Urodynamics test - she said immediatley "Oh - you have a cystocele". And, then I had an IUD inserted back in May of this year, and you think the doctor would have said - "Wow - your cervix is only an inch from coming out!" But, my doctors have said NOTHING until I brought it up. I will give the doctors the benefit of things MAYBE being different when I lie down and put my feet in the stirrups - but certainly, there are some signs down there - AREN"T THERE?

I go to the doctor tomorrow at 11:30 (Eastern Standard Time) (I am in Georgia - United States) I will ask her why it was not visible during the exams, or if it was why she didn't think to mention it.

I will definatley keep in touch - I have questions, that I just don't think anyone could answer unless they're going through the same problem.

Talk to you soon!
Unread 10-25-2007, 03:27 PM
Pelvic Organ Prolapse

Thank God, Ladies! I am going through the SAME thing! It looks like I will be the first one to have my procedure - it's Monday the 29th. I have uterine prolapse grade 3, cystocele, rectocele - the whole nine yards. I am scheduled for a TVH with anterior repair (cystocele), posterior repair (rectocele) and bladder sling, keeping ovaries. BOY am I nervous! All of this came down on me on Sept 27th, when I went to a gyn appt that I had not been to for about 3-4 years. After her exam, I swear everything dropped, and I had horrible symptoms. I went and saw a urogynecologist right away, and she recommended the surgeries. I am worried about many of the "possible" complications, as well as pain afterwards. I'm also worried about the success of the surgery.

I'm 40 with three kids (two of them BIG babies), all vaginal deliveries. After I researched uterine prolapse on the internet, I discovered I had been suffering from symptoms for years - I just didn't know they were related!

I'm glad we have started a thread about this specific problem - I was starting to feel alone!
Unread 10-25-2007, 03:42 PM
Pelvic Organ Prolapse

Hello again Mandie and slplante,

Mandie - no I haven't had it all confirmed yet but I have all the classic symptoms. Heavy dragging sensation with my cervix sitting just inside my vagina. I have a lump on the front wall just inside about the size of 3 grapes and am finding it difficult to empty my bladder completely and I have just started having troulble with BM's and when inserting a finger found a new lump and when pushed back in to place allows me to empty my bowels. Sorry about all the info but I think I am pretty sure about what is going on.

I do hope to see a gyno in the next couple of weeks and will let you know what he/she says.

slplante - please do let us know how you get on and I will be thinking of you on the 29th.

Unread 10-26-2007, 06:39 AM
Pelvic Organ Prolapse

Well, you do have all the same symptoms as I do, and mine are confirmed. I am so thankful for this site. At least, even if it is TMI, we all are in it together. I have asked my sister, my mom, and my co-workers if they can feel anything when putting their fingers "up there", and all say no. They even act like "What were you doing with your fingers up there anyway!" Just the constant pressure, and of course the BM's when the stuff wants to bulge through your vagina.

You are in my prayers. Do you have an appt with the GYN yet? I know you said it takes time, I was just wondering.

Talk to you soon...
Unread 10-26-2007, 06:58 AM
Pelvic Organ Prolapse

Hi Mandie,

No still no appointment yet. I am waiting on a letter from the hospital. I was told 2-3 weeks but its been 2 weeks already. Quite often in this country it is 6-8 weeks to see someone but we have free healtcare so its means waiting. If I could afford to pay for it myself then I am sure I would get an appointment within a very short space of time. My period has arrived now so I will chase it up next week as I really want to know exactly what is happening.

Speak soon,


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