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I had a pessary fitted yesterday wondered if anyone has experienced side effects and if so what form the took. I would be grateful if anyone can let me know without delay as I am due to go on holiday on Wednesday .

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    Had mine in for nearly 2 yrs. It did the job as in held my proplapse in but when i first had it fitted it fell out whilst having a BM. After that i was always worried it would happen again but it never did. Hubby said he coukd feel it as well. Had it removed as about to have repair surgery next month. Donna.
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    Hi Bianca, pessaries are great as long as you get the right size fitted. you should know within a few days if ok and the doctor can easily change to another size if need be. Most difficult thing for me was taking the damn thing out myself! ended up putting dental floss through hole and leaving a bit dangling so could pull it out. Thank goodness didn't have to take it out daily.. 
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    Sorry to say it didn't work for me, after having trouble and 4 increasing sizes tried, (the first two popped out after having the first bowel action) the largest seemed ok at first. Two or three weeks on, it felt as though the prolapse was dragging it down, and although it was reasonably comfortable, I was slightly aware of it. Then just as we were about to go on holiday to the other end of the country, I suffered the most painful UTI and had to go to my local hospital for a prescription as it was a Sunday morning and we were due to go early on Monday. I stuggled through the holiday although the drugs worked fairly quickly, but rang and spoke to my GP as soon as we got back. He suggested it was best if it came out, and because I was so fed up, I took it out straight away. I have since had an anterior repair, which so far has proved to have solved the problems. Having said that, I am only 7 weeks on from the op, but long may it last!. I really hope it works better for you as it was my aim to aviod surgery, but at the end of the day, I had to do what I thought would give me relief from the discomfort of having a bladder prolapse.

    Good luck Bianca.

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      Hi Kathy I am still not 100 per cent about this pessary and have been ill since.  How on earth did you manage to get it out.  I don't really know that it is making feel so ill but it's quite a coincidence since I felt fine but on the next morning I was feeling very ill and have been in bed since with back back pains nausea and feeling terrible. Don't know if I have picked up virus or this pessary is causing the problem.
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    Hello Bianca, About 4 yrs ago I was advised to try a pessary ring to support my posterior and anterior prolapses. My GP checked to see what size was needed and then duly ordered one. She also sat down and discussed with me how it would help me. She asked too if I was active sexually, because if I was, she would NOT recommend it as it would be felt and I shouldn't remove it and then put it back. She said to think about it. A few days later I went to the surgery when the pessary arrived. I couldn't believe how big it was. I apologised and said I didn't think it would be acceptable. I left things as they were until last October when I had the operation to correct the two prolapses done. The operation was a great success and I'm so glad I didn't bother with the pessary. LadyPink
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    Hi Bianca I had a pessary fitted it was a cone one and was horrible I had that removed and had a ring one (rather like a Durex) I must say i never hardly knew it was there only problem was I had a heavy dicharge with it which I hated so I had that removed after 3 months and opted for the operation instead. I hope you manage OK with your pessary. Good Luck
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    In reply to Ladypink, my gynaecologist told me my ring pessary would not be a problem during intercourse, and it wasn't either for myself or my husband. Oh if only they would make up their minds and stick to the same story!
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      Hi Kathy,

      Oh shucks! Do you mean to tell me my doctor got it wrong?? Ah well, bit late now.... 

      Jokes aside, you're so right. If only our doctors agreed with each other. Never mind I'm not complaining. At that time, I was about to re-marry, after being widowed and had re-discovered s-e-x all over again at the 'tender age' of my late sixties so didn't want a pessary ring spoiling things. Anyway, not to worry, since then I had the repair operation done - a year ago next  week - which turned out to be a great success. Can definitely recommend it. 

      Thanks for your reply. Best wishes LadyPink 

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    Hi Bianca, I agree with the other ladies on this forum, although the pessarie was ok for me, it was a nuisance and in the long run surgery was the best option, although I am only 4 weeks post op after having bowel prolapse (rectocele) repair am feeling quietly confident all is going well. Apart from BM's just can't go unless take laxatives and then feels like im having a baby for 10 mins, surgeon has got me self administering enemas for next 6 days to see what happens...fingers crossed will stimulate bowel in to working again.
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      Hi Lynne, Pleased to hear you are doing well after your rectocele repair op. Bowel movements are a bit of a problem in the earliest weeks but as long as you drink plenty of fluids to keep motions moist and eat fresh fruits and fresh vegetables, all will get much better. Having your feet raised too when you sit on the toilet helps put you in a more 'natural'  squat position for this action. Here in the UK we can buy a product called a Squatty Potty Toilet Stool which are available from the amazon. Anyway, I'm sure you will be fine. Having a positive outlook certainly helps together with the ability to rest and take things easy for the first 10-12 weeks. I am now 70 and had a rectocele and cystocele dual repair operation done exactly a year ago and have had no regrets. Life is good again. LadyPink
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      Hi Lynne, really good to hear you are doing well after your rectocele operation. I had a dual rectocele and cystocele done exactly a year ago at the age of 69. I have had no regrets whatsoever. As for bm's this can be a problem in early weeks but if you drink plenty of fluids, eat fresh fruit and vegetables this certainly helps. You must also rest as much as you can even though you may be feeling fine. I took it easy for the first 10-12 weeks and accepted all the help that was offered. It was well worth it.

      Regarding BM's, I have read that a squatty potty toilet stool is very useful if you are having difficulties. This elevates the feet as you sit and makes things easier for evacuation. Best wishes for your continuing recovery. LadyPink

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      Hi LadyPink, So please all went well for you, I am quietly confident to, I had so much backache before surgery and had to go on light duties at work.and to be honest got quite depessed as this was impeding on my quality of life. Espeially after being a very health personI. I am 52 and must admit it was a shock having to have surgery for this area. I also had perenium repair and another repair for complete tear up near the cervix, surgeon didn't see this until he was operating though. Am a bit confused to be honest. I know what you mean about resting, hubby took me out 1st time yesterday, was standing for a short while and today a tad uncomfortable in that area, have learnt a lesson I think! Will look into sqatty potty, haven't heard of them. Enemas obviously work well, actually had 1st BM without pain yesterday without using one but had taken laxatives. Waiting to see what happens today. Were your bowels affected for long? Know I won't cope when I go back to work if they are still playing up. Best wishes Lynne
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      Hi Lynne, try to avoid laxatives. The use is to get a natural working order for your bowels. So All Bran type of breakfast cereals and lovely fresh fruits do the trick as do tomatoes and beautiful green salads and veg. I had sluggish - but painful - trouble with my vowels only for a few days. Now 12 months on still no problem as I keep to the same regime. Best wishes LadyPink
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      Hi Lynne sorry for the errors but I'm rushing to go out. The IDEA is to get BOWELS working normally - not vowels  Ha ha!  LadyPink
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      Hi LadyPink, Thanks for your advice, Know I have to get off laxatives but am a tad scared of the constipation. It makes me feel like crap....excuse the pun! Going to increase fruit & veggie intake though. If no improvment by end of this week will ring the doc again. Cheers Lynne
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      Hello Lynne, If I can be blunt, when I was having difficulties with being 'bunged up' I had to resort to digital evacuation. Sounds horrible I know but there are a few of us on this forum who've had to use this method. This tip was given to me by the practice nurse at our medical surgery and it worked. I placed a bowl of comfortably warm water into the top of the loo and sat in it - then I did the necessary. Once things have started moving, amend your diet to incorporating bran type cereals, soft summer fruits stirred into plain yoghurt or custard, prunes and things like that- plus fresh green vegetables, tomatoes and salads are also excellent for working the bowels. Importantly too lots and lots of bland drinks. Plenty of water or well diluted squash is a must for keeping motions moist and easy to pass. Laxatives can be ok in the short term but you don't want to get into the habit of relying on them; it just makes matters worse.

       PS I know All Bran is not everyone's ideal breakfast cereal, but honestly you do get used to the taste, especially by adding a few raisins for extra taste and the raisins will help you to go too. 

      Oh dear, the things we have to put up with aye? I'm coming back as a man in my next life!! Ha Ha  Best wishes, LadyPink

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