Does anyone have it? Any remedies or treatments you have found to make it better?
honeydew / 7235 posts
@ustechie: Just found this - how are you 5 months later?? Did pelvic floor strengthening/kegels help you?
apricot / 358 posts
@hellobeeboston: better, but still not great. If I'm doing something mildly strenuous, it definitely begins to bother me. If I'm being honest though, I'm terrible with remembering to do my kegels! I'm planning to talk with my Dr about my options at my next appt.
Do you have a rectocele too?
@ustechie: I'm not sure. I'm 7.5 months pp and happened to notice something 'new' down that way when I was looking. I don't feel anything, no discomfort except for some constipation-type issues that I thought might be hemorrhoids... Ugh. Some googling led me to believe I might have a minor prolapse. I'm still BFing, I read that sometimes it gets better after that. But #2 hasn't been the same since giving birth to my second but I was just attributing that to just normal pp stuff...did you talk to your doc about it? I'm also terrible at remembering to do kegels but I started doing them yesterday after this!
persimmon / 1310 posts
I didn't have this specific issue, but my pelvic floor physical therapist treats that condition. The work they do is amazing; I would totally look for one in your area. After five visits and home practice of my exercises, my pelvic problems are almost gone now. Honestly, she knows so much more about pelvic floor function and treatment than any of the several OBs and midwives I visited beforehand.
Also wanted to comment on kegels. Doctors are quick to simply recommend kegels for any pelvic issue, but that can be incorrect for some. I've been advised by PT to avoid them until my issues are worked out (via a program specific to my muscular dysfunction), and I feel SO much better.
nectarine / 2045 posts
I'm a pelvic floor PT and would definitely recommend asking for a referral to a PT at your dr appointment. They'll be able to tell you exactly what you have rectocele vs rectal prolapse and give you the right treatments. It's much more than just kegels. Good luck!
grapefruit / 4418 posts
I started seeing a PT for SPD and thy treat these types of issues. I'd definitely recommend checking out a PT who specializes in women/pelvic health.
nectarine / 2243 posts
@Iced Tea: yes, exactly this. Kegels can make things worse for a lot of people, especially if they are suffering from pelvic pain. They can make already tight and painful tissue tighter and MORE painful!! ((I'm a PT, but not a pelvic floor PT. Women (and men) with pelvic floor pain or dysfunction I immediately refer out! Not my area of expertise!))
@hellobeeboston: I've only recently had constipation type issues. I only talked to my dr at my 6 week pp visit- he basically said kegels for now, maybe surgery in the long run.
@Iced Tea: @peaches1038: @catomd00: @Littlebit7: whaaat?! I had no idea this even existed!! I will definitely be looking into it! Should I ask my OB for a referral? Will insurance cover any of it?
grapefruit / 4441 posts
I was diagnosed with a rectocele during pregnancy- I had a bulge protruding out of my vagina which caused me to freak out! It bothered me during pregnancy and a few weeks pospartum, but doesn't bother me much now.
During pregnancy I had to do the splinting procedure to poop, but I don't need to for the most part now - I year pp.
@peaches1038 - I've been debating seeing a pelvic flor specialist. Should I still go if it's not currently bothering me? Are there things I need to do to prevent it from getting worse down the road?
@ustechie: You can get a referral from your OB or your GP. Whichever you prefer! Script just needs a diagnosis and referral to physical therapy. Its important to find a PT that specializes in pelvic floor/womens health. Insurances cover it, as long as the practitioner accepts insurance. In my area, most pelvic floor PTs don't accept insurance so you have to submit on your own/pay out of pocket. Good luck!
Do a web search for pelvic floor PTs in your area; if you don't find anything that way, then you will have to ask around. I go to Results Physiotherapy (a chain) and they say pelvic floor is their fastest growing specialization.
Where I live both pelvic floor PT offices take insurance, though only one is in my network. So there's certainly a chance of getting it covered. Even if it isn't, a few PT visits would have to cost less than surgery!
Not all places and insurances require a referral. Just to be safe, you could call your OB and have them send a referral over. Since you already brought up the issue at a visit, you can probably just call and ask rather than visit again.
I hope you are able to get some PT! I was seriously upset to still be having issue over a year postpartum, but they are resolving really quickly with PT.
@ustechie: I work in an outpatient clinic based in a hospital and accept every single insurance. You can google pelvic floor PT + your area or you can check out these practitioner directories - https://hermanwallace.com/practitioner-directory AND http://www.womenshealthapta.org/pt-locator/
you just really want to make sure that they are specifically trained in pelvic floor PT.
ETA: if the PT accepts your insurance, it'll be covered just like "regular" PT would be. You can always call your insurance company to determine benefits.
@78h2o: a lot of times symptoms do resolve after giving birth and weaning. It definitely wouldn't hurt to have a consult. Basically preventative measures include decreasing/eliminating straining - with bowel movements and when lifting. All that pressure pushes down on your pelvic floor and can exacerbate a prolapse. There's obviously a lot more to it, but that's the biggie.
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