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?I am new to the forums and I am looking for advice / help regarding Pelvic Prolapse. I am dealing with a cystocele ( doctor confirmed on examination ) and I am also pretty positive there is a rectocele as well. The symptoms are very disturbing and I wanted to see if others dealing with this are having the same things that I am experiencing.
?First off , I just turned 50. I have 5 children ( all vaginal births except for 1 C-Section done because of the baby being breech ). Last year , I noticed one morning that I had pressure in my vagina and thought maybe I had forgotten to remove a tampon ( my period had just ended ). When I realized that was not the case , I promptly got my hand mirror out to take a look! I was totally shocked and scared to see a " bulging " in my vagina! I made an appointment with my GYN , and he did diagnose a cystocele. My urethra has apparently prolapsed a little also. I also have pressure in my rectal area and am scared I may also have a rectocele , although this has not been confirmed by my doctor.
The symptoms I am having are :
- Pressure and pain in my vagina ( mostly on the left side??? )
?- Burning in urethral area
- A deep " pinching " sensation in the top left side of vagina
- urinary incontinence ( if I sneeze , cough , etc. while bladder is full )
?- feeling of " fullness " in labia ( again , mostly on the left hand side )
?I am thinking that I feel things worse on my left vaginal wall because my episiotomy ( which was huge ) was done there , and there is considerable scar tissue as a result.
?Has anyone experienced these symptoms with pelvic organ prolapse? And , is surgery really the only option? I have read about pessaries , but that idea does not appeal to me simply because that is a " band - aid " kind of thing that really fixes nothing , but only masks the symptoms. I am so depressed and also very scared because I do enjoy a very nice sex life with the wonderful man in my life , and I am scared this will just get worse and worse as time goes on.
?A side note: Sex is ( surprisingly ) not an issue. I enjoy it and it causes no pain whatsoever , which surprises me because of the pain and discomfort all the other time. Can anyone please shed some light on this for me? I would so appreciate any feedback about symptoms , treatment , and suggestions regarding this issue! Thanks so much!
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