Is pelvic pain normal with a rectocele & cystocele?

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I've been having pelvic pain more so in the last few days, since finding out that I have a rectocele & a cystocele. It's like having period cramps. But haven't had a period in 28 years because of early menopause.

Could the pain/cramping be because it's getting worse?

I don't go back to see my gynecologist for a few more weeks.

She started me on vaginal estrogen cream but have read the risks involved with taking it.

She wants me to use it so I'm not so dry & tight when fitting me for a pessary.

So I have a couple of questions.

1. Is it normal to have pelvic pain/cramping with a rectocele & cystocle? I'm also feeling burning in my rectum.

2. Have any of you ladies tried the vaginal estrogen cream? If so, how did you do with it?

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    Hi Donna this is the first time Ive posted anything for quite a few months. I had my op last September and everything has been going great. smile

    ?Yes I also experienced the pain and the cramping very like period pain which was constant but worse in the evenings, It became worst after I lifted a heavy bin one day. However after the op I have not experienced the pain since.

    ?I suggest you do as the doctor has suggested and use the cream. I wasnt over keen but I believe that it also assists with the healing and it helped me with the prolapse which was horribly uncomfortable.

    ?The operation is major and the recovery time is just that "recovery"

    It does take a long time and yes, you will need to rest, rest, rest, and then rest some more.

    ?Dont hurry or push yourself or you can easily damage what has been repaired which is heart breaking for some our lovely ladies

    Even now 9 months after my op if I overdo things at work I ache interestingly its a bit like sitting on a piece of wire !  when I lie down at night. This  is a good reminder from my body to slow down and not lift anything over around 6kgs. Life is wonderful having normal body functions and not having prolapses

    ?Stay positive and aren't we lucky that we can have our injuries repaired in this day and age

    Good luck hope this helps regards Kath

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    Hi there, yes, you can experience pelvic pain and period like cramps.    I had a lot of pain in the lower pelvic region and it did get worse as my prolapse got worse.   It always made me very miserable and quite anti social.  

    Since the op the pain has gone.   I am now 9 months post op and if I walk too long or overdo things, it begins to ache underneath which shows me it is a long healing process.      However, it's far better than before the op and I am so pleased I had it done.

    i too have estrogen cream but haven't used it much.   I was told to use it twice a week only.    


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    1. Yes I get terrible back ache which I can only assume is the bowel pulling on something?

    2. I use Vagifem twice a week, I know a lot of other ladies do too. Easy to use.

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    Hi Donna

    I had my surgery last November and I am doing great.

    I did suffer from the cramping. I found it was usually when I did too much e.g walking I hadn't had it for a long time but last Saturday I did a hill walk and suffered from cramping afterwards

    It's a lesson to take our time. To make sure to let our bodies heal after the shock of surgery

    I am also taking vagifem twice a week I needed it to help with bladder frequency and healing

    Good luck Maws


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