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Author Topic: Vaginal prolapse?  (Read 349 times)

Witch hazel

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Vaginal prolapse?
« on: June 15, 2020, 01:47:33 PM »

Hi Ladies,

Had a shock this morning, after straining a little on the loo ... wiped myself and felt an unusual bulge.  Investigated and I had a lump, smaller than golf ball, sitting just inside my vaginal opening.  Initially panicked thinking it was something sinister but now concluded it was a "prolapse" of some sort.  It was smooth and moist, not rough or nasty looking. It popped back in and is not noticeable when I am standing up or moving around.  No other symptoms, soreness, pain, trouble with bladder or bowels, in fact I wouldn't know if I hadn't felt it wiping myself.  I get the odd bit of back ache but put this down to my age.  Rang GP immediately ... small rural practice that is not taking routine face to face consults during the virus, so been waiting all morning for call back.  Spoke to lovely lady GP who runs their Well woman clinic.  Asked lots of questions and she thinks its possibly a mild prolapse and suggested a watch and wait for 4-6 weeks, if any symptoms get worse to call her back, but do regular pelvic floor exercises to help strengthen everything and see if it improves.

I am not too worried at the moment; done my usual Dr Google to get my head around it.  My maternal grandmother had a prolapse ... this was 40 years+ ago and I can't remember the details, but she ended up having a hysterectomy.  I think I am a long way from that, but anyone here had something like this or more serious prolapse?  Do PF exercises really make that much difference once things have started moving downwards?  Any advice appreciated, thank you
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sheila99

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Re: Vaginal prolapse?
« Reply #1 on: June 15, 2020, 02:06:25 PM »

I'm waiting for the vet to ring me back about a sheep with a rectal prolapse when your post popped up  :(. Not good news in sheep, we have about a 50% death rate from them. Outcome should be better in women. Usual treatment is antibiotics, anti inflammatory and keep fingers crossed. Crossed fingers seem to do as much good as anything else. Wish I could tell it to stop straining. Sorry for the ramble, hopefully someone else will have some advice.
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Witch hazel

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Re: Vaginal prolapse?
« Reply #2 on: June 15, 2020, 05:44:41 PM »

Thanks for advice, and I do always look on recognised NHS and health sites that I trust.  Been out on a 3 mile walk this afternoon and everything seems fine, so just hoping it was "one of those things" and everything seems to be back in place now.  Very odd experience, but I think it would be noticeable all the time if it was anything to worry about ... the things we women have to put up with ... ;)
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Tc

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Re: Vaginal prolapse?
« Reply #3 on: June 15, 2020, 07:23:07 PM »

Witch hazel it's a good idea,to do the exercises whether you have prolapse or not. Its  important to relax the muscles  for a good 5 seconds between each one.

I have had 2 doctors tell me I have a  stage 1 (mild) prolapse and 2 doctors tell me i havent.  The last one was a urologist gynacolovyst who said i dont have one.   I can sometimes feel something there when I insert ovestin standing up but other times not. .  My thinking is that maybe if its a mild prolapse its noticeable sometimes and not others.   

Xxx
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jaycee

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Re: Vaginal prolapse?
« Reply #4 on: June 15, 2020, 08:54:25 PM »

I had a prolapse after giving birth many years ago, the Dr just kind of twisted it or rotated and pushed it back in, never had any problems since even after giving birth since that
I wouldn't worry too much, as your Dr said see how it is in a few weeks
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Elizabethlovejoy

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Re: Vaginal prolapse?
« Reply #5 on: June 16, 2020, 08:27:34 AM »

The Squeezy app is nhs approved and takes you through the pelvic floor routine. Available on apple and android its cheap and excellent. I think the maximum recommended [by my womens health physio] is 3 x 10 squeezes for 10 seconds with 10 seconds rest between each followed by 10 x 1 second quick flicks with 1 second rest between each. She felt more than 3 sets could be detrimental. Squeezy explains the routine with reminders if you wish.
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Kathleen

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Re: Vaginal prolapse?
« Reply #6 on: June 16, 2020, 09:59:04 AM »

Hello Witch hazel

I think avoiding straining and constipation will help so perhaps tweak your diet if necessary.

The story is that  Queen Victoria's prolapse hung down to her knees!  No wonder she was miserable but  at least she wasn't a sheep...

Take care.

K.
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Taz2

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Re: Vaginal prolapse?
« Reply #7 on: June 18, 2020, 09:08:53 AM »

Hi Witch Hazel. I have had a hysterectomy and bladder repair due to prolapses and I can say that the best thing you can do is remember to do your pelvic floor exercises every day for the rest of your life - like we all should really. If you can get a referral (eventually) to a pelvic floor specialist nurse this will also help as you will be given a set of exercises specifically tailored to your particular prolapse. It's good that you have found out early on as you can take measures to stop it worsening. The other thing that has helped me prevent further prolapse - so far fingers crossed - is using HRT. It was when I had to have a short break from it due to my (then) GP feeling that all women should stop before the age of 60 that my womb finally gave up!

When I first discovered mine it felt like an alien being had taken up residence but there are ways to manage it and stop it getting worse but a proper assessment is important.

Taz x

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sheila99

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Re: Vaginal prolapse?
« Reply #8 on: June 18, 2020, 09:18:42 AM »

Are you on HRT or testosterone? I had to do regular pelvic floor exercises from having DD at 42 to starting testosterone at 57. Now I don't have to do them at all. I had a problem with muscle tone though, I kept pulling muscles without much reason. I don't know if it help you or not but it might be worth considering.
On the plus side the ewe hasn't pushed it's backside out since yesterday so hopefully it will live.  :)
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