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Unread 06-07-2002, 08:34 PM

I happen to be surfing around the site and came to your question about having to hold yourself in the vaginal area when you have a BM.

I am freaking out now cause its Friday night and my surgery is Monday morning.....

whenever I make a BM I usually have to give a little push back with my fingers (sorry) to get it "started" to come out... I can't remember when I started doing this, it seems like forever!Is that rectocel?? Wouldn't my dr have felt that in an exam, or is it only noticeable to us when we have a BM???

My dr has not indicated she felt or saw a problem... Is this something you have to point out to the dr????

won't sleep tonight.....

Flash Gal
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Unread 06-07-2002, 09:43 PM

Hi Flash Gal. Yes, your DR can feel a rectocele in a pelvic exam. If you are worried, though, why don't you call the office and leave a message for him/her or talk to the DR on call over the weekend about this? If your DR gets a message that you are worried, I am sure he/she would want to call you to reassure you before your surgery on Monday.
Good luck, you'll soon be a !
Unread 06-07-2002, 09:57 PM
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KDeit, I just want to thank you for that link on pelvic floor...I had been looking for a site that would kinda show me, what was going to happen to my body....thank you thank you thank I won't feel like I'm in the dark. My pre-op is the 20th and man do i have a lot of ???'s for my DR. , but I printed the list I found on you wonderful site and should be okay..
My hyst will be on June 24, can't wait to get this over and done!!
Thanks to all you beautiful ladies!! Wonderful site!!! and I even meet a lady that will be having surgery the same day, same hospital and same DR!!! So I'm sure I'll be seeing Terrinm on the 24th... Carletta :bgin:
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Unread 06-07-2002, 10:16 PM

I've been reading everyone's messages and I have to ask a question. Could retroverted/prolapsed uterus cause sluggish bowel movements or could I possibly have a minor rectocele? For as long as I can remember I only have bowel movements every 3-4 days , maybe longer, unless it is "that" time of the month (for some reason they become more frequent then). Sometimes I strain to have them then.

I have always thought that was normal, but over the past several months, I'm finding out that most people usually have a bm more frequently than that. I've had numerous exams this past 8 months, plus a laproscopy, wouldn't my DR have noticed if I have a rectocele?

Boy, it sure seems strange to talking about this!!
Unread 06-07-2002, 10:22 PM

Hi juniebug, you're right, once every few days is not usual. The reason you "go" more frequently when you have your period is because of the change in progesterone level at that time of the month. I guess it's possible for a retroverted or prolapsed uterus to contribute to the formation of a rectocele depending on what it's pushing against down there. And straining to have a bm can also cause a rectocele if there is a weakness in your vaginal walls to begin with. Yes, your DR would have felt it during an exam if you had a rectocele, but that doesn't rule out the possibility that he felt it and just didn't tell you. Mine talked to me in great detail about everything she found in there, but different DRs differ in their communication skills. Why don't you ask?
Good luck!
Unread 06-07-2002, 10:24 PM
Rectoceles etc

A good site to see about Rectoceles and cyctoceles etc is at The site has very graphic photos (medical not pornographic) so if you have a weak stomach dont look. I found it very informative because I thought I looked normal down there and apparently I wasnt. Told my doctor about it and now have found out that i have both a rectocele and a cyctocele.
You must click on image library on the left hand column. It then will ask you if you want to enter. Click yes if you do. Then chose what image you want to look at.
Check it out if you feel you can stomach medical images etc.


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