Kegel exceesices

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Hi I have been trying to do kegel excercises for a couple of months and have no gotten much better. I have a uterus prolapse (stage 3 )and muscles i think are damaged from having children. Does any one have this problem of not getting much stronger with doing kegel excercises?

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    I did kegels all during my pregnancies and after my children were born. I was in my 20-30's. I had rectocele after my 4th baby. I had issues with vaginal infections for a year after this last baby. The doctor told me I'd likely need surgery someday. Well in my 40's it receded unless I was constipated, then it would show up. My 50's I started noticing it again. I had not been doing my kegels much. I hit menopause at 57. Just a year or two later my prolapse was bad. I'm assuming hormone levels and lack of muscle control from menopause helped it along. At 62, I finally did the surgery with great success. I wish I would have done it earlier, but back in the 80's the doctor said it would only last 10 yrs. so I waited.

    I do know that both of my grandmothers on both sides had to have emergency surgery for prolapse in their late 70's. who knows, maybe it was inevitable

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      Pam, Thank for your response... Very imformative.  Question, did you just have a rectocle repair?  I have a uterus prolapse with a little prolapse of my colon.  Some doc's say my bladder is also prolapsed at state 2.  I am afraid of the vaginal wall prolapsing later on so I was going to wait until I have symtoms that botter me.  The only thing that really bothers me is the feeling when the uturus sometimes comes about 1/2 inche passed my vaginal opening...

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      I had a full hysterectomy, rectocele surgery and vaginal suspension. They tied it up!

      I also had a bulge before surgery. It was the rectocele (vaginal wall), not the uterus. That likely could be your issue too. I once thought it was my uterus, but found out it wasn't. Have your gynocologist check. He will have you bear down during the exam.

      I have a cystocele too, but they were unable to repair that as it would involve tape and I am currently on oral steroids (5mg) for polymyalgia. The steroids weaken my tissues.

      They were afraid of erosion.

      My surgery was a great success though. I healed as expected and was very lucky to not have much pain at all. It's a year later and my only issue is a bit of bladder leakage. Maybe someday I'll be off of steroids and can have it repaired.

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      I don't remember mention of uterine prolapse. I believe they tied up my uterus because once the rectocele surgery was done they wanted to insure it wouldn't fall. As I said I had a full hysterectomy, basically because I didn't need any of this anymore or the weight on this area. My rectocele was done vaginally of course. Hysterectomy done by robot through my abdomen. I had 5 one inch incisions.

      My rectocele was a 4 out of 5 and my cystocele was a 2.

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    The problem is a lot if women do them incorrectly and are really not improving their pelvic floor. It's better to be referred to a specialist physiotherapist.

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    Hi! I have been under physio treatment for 2 years, firstly before and after my cystocele op and later before my rectocele op and now 40 days after the rectocele surgery I'm thinking to come back to physiotherapy. What I have learnt is that if your organs have already fallen down and your muscles are too loose, physio therapy won't help. It would help with your muscles but it won't stretch your loose muscles (muscles that have been broken in deliveries) and it won't lift your organs.

    Nevertheless I'll continue going to physio, I think it's good

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    I found kegels alone didn't help.  I saw a women's health physio on the NHS  I was kegel lung correctly and I was told what to do ant not todo. 

    I didn't get told was the pelvic floor has surrounding muscles that need to be worked too to help support it .  I did my own research and I've started Pilates which helps only we have to modify certain things like the sit ups. 

     I found walking regular too helped and I discovered a physio led PF DVD called Hab - it and that involves short work outs to do that are to strengthen your core and PF . 

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    I'm 6 mos from my surgery now, I started doing them the day I got home everydsy three times a day and will do the rest of my life, it takes six mos to start feeling good results, I was also a stage 3.also do the pelvic floor excercises everyday.

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    Kegels did not work at all for me pre surgery ( and I was definitely doing them properly) I can tell they work now though. I had rectocele repair
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      Steph I hope after I have surgery I will be able to do kegel excersises and have better results. My surgery will be a vaginal hesterectomy and a vault suspension to bring the vaginal wall up. And possible anterior and posterior repair. I am waiting to do surgery because I do not have much symptoms. I am stage 3 urterus prolapse and 2 bladder and 1 rectum.
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