Posterior prolapse

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hi all, I've been diagnosed with a prolapse of the virginal wall (posterior) and I don't really understand what's going on, I'm 45 and have 3 kids, the oldest is 23 in March the youngest is 14, I've read that it can be the menopause and age, I'm due to see a gynocologist on Thursday (29 jan) the prolapse is actully sat in the opening of my virgina (sorry for tmi) and I don't have a clue as to what there going to say to me, 

thanks in advance for at help

any advice would be really helpful

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    Hello Jools

            I know exactly how you feel. My prolapse bladder was discovered ten years ago when I was lifting turkey in and out of the oven. I went to the washroom and felt this ball of skin coming out of the opening of my private parts. They told me at the hospital it was a prolapse bladder. I was told to do kegal exercises and sent home. To this day I have been doing kegals and pelvic floor exercises for prolapse which you can find on youtube. Very good exercises and help strengthen your pelvic floor which holds up your uterus, bladder etc. I have no pain and didn't even know I had a prolapse until it reared its ugly head out of the opening of my private parts. Please, if you do not have any pain and you can go to the washroom normally, don't subject yourself to a very painful operation. There are way better options. I am designing something right now that will be launched very soon to help keep your prolapse supported up inside of you. The other options are a pessary which the doctor will insert up inside you. Most women find them very uncomfortable and my mothers fell out of her. They wanted to giver her a bigger pessary or a different kind, but she told them to forget it, the discomfort was not worth it. I am not saying that a pessary is not worth trying, I am saying it is a choice as to what works and what is most comfortable. Try to avoid an operation at all costs. Have you checked the internet to see what other women have said that have had operations to lift their bladder. Again, check it out and educate yourself. Do not jump into something without proper investigation.

                                                                                 Lynn

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    Hi I had back wall prolapse like you and have had three children. I had trouble emptying my bowels and leaking urine when I cough also bulges at the opening. I felt very conscious and upset about the Way it looked. I've got to say my own doctor and the consultant gynaecologist I've been under have been amazing I did tons of kegels over years. Never helped my prolapse so they inserted a ring which didn't really help that much either. I did lots of home work and decided on surgery. I had my op four days ago I know it's early days but it feels so much better and looks amazing down there. It is sore a bit but I'm managing on just paracetamol it's a very individual decision but for me I couldn't live with the symptoms and the way it looked it made me depressed. I wish you all the best if you want to ask me any more questions ask away.
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    Hi Jools

    I'm 11 weeks post op from a rectocele mesh repair.  Feel 95% now but if you'd have asked me after the op I didn't think I'd ever feel good again.  I am still taking things very steady, but you're 15 years younger than me so might recover quicker that I did.  4 days in hospital, first day after op with a catheter which was really uncomfortable, then 3 weeks laying on best resting.  Get some good laxatives as you really can't strain at all.  Not much feeling down below for weeks and only just feel that that is all back to normal, although when I turn in bed I feel a slight pulling sensation.   Had my final cheeck 10 days ago, had a bladder infection and thrush, but that's seems to have subsided with the pessaries and one antibiotic powder from the Doc.  Hope all this helps, but be prepared for lots of rest and look after yourself.

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    I'm was in similar position to you with kids ages etc. these things just happen over time to some people. I guess you will explore options of treatment and I imagine prolapse repair will be one of those. Good luck. Plenty of info on here when you know what is happening.
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    Hi Jools, A rectocele prolapse shows itself by a bulge in the wall between the rectum  the vagina and can be caused through giving birth especially to big babies, through straining to pass bowel motions or it can be inherited. It's usually found when it starts to show itself by bulging at the opening of the vagina. A cystocele is when the bladder causes a bulge (or a prolapse) also into the vagina. It's quite a common condition so don't be embarrassed by going to see your doctor or gynaecologist. They can sometimes help you by fitting a ring into the vagina to hold back the bulge in the wall, or you will probably be offered a repair operation. It sounds as though you have not read too much about your rectocele. There are plenty of websites online they give you all the information you'll need and my advice would be to read as much as you can and write down any questions no matter how trivial or silly you may think they are. Also on YouTube there are videos showing the surgery which are graphic but very interesting. I had a cystocele and rectocele (double) proplapse repair done 15 months ago at the age of 69 (then) and the results have been amazing. Everything is wonderful and being newly married at the time iI was really concerned that 'married intimacy' would be at an end. No way, everything is back in full working order so don't worry about that.

    So pluck up the courage and get it sorted otherwise it will bring you lots of discomfort and misery the longer you leave it. If surgery is recommended for you and you want to know more about it, come back to us all here on this forum page and there are loads of us who will be only to happy to advise you. Oh, and read lots of the previous postings on here too. Good luck and don't worry it can be put right.  LadyPink

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      thank you all for your Much needed advice, I've seen my gynocologist and I'm  Having a repair done in the next 7 weeks. I will keep you informed and thank you all again xx
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      Well done Jools, that's the first hurdle over. You won't regret this it's the start of a whole new start and a whole new you.

      You're going to need help in, and around the house after your operation for a few weeks (and with children if you have them) so this is a good time to get that arranged. Di read as much as you can about your op too and also about your recuperation. There you will feel confident and prepared with no surprises.

      I'm certain when this is all over you'll be so pleased you got things fixed.

      Good luck and best wishes. Keep in touch with us all. LadyPink

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