Pregnancy and childbirth brings on endless changes to the body; some of them temporary that simply fix themselves, and some of them potentially causing further problems that might need medical attention. The problem is, many women simply don’t know whether the symptoms they’re suffering from are normal, or whether they might need to see a specialist. One issue that’s often overlooked is vaginal prolapse, which can also be caused by obesity and the menopause, and the strain of childbirth could have caused your vaginal walls to be damaged. So, how do you know if you’ve suffered from this condition?
If you suspect a vaginal prolapse, then it’s essential to get help as soon as possible. Experts such as Mr Jonathan Broome will be able to diagnose your problem, and make suggestions for prolapse surgery or other things that can help.
The first symptom that women often notice is a bulge, or a feeling of fullness in the pelvic area. Some women also get pain during intercourse, and might notice they’ve started suffering from stress incontinence; letting out a small amount of urine when they sneeze, laugh, or lift something heavy.
Vaginal wall repair
Once you’ve been diagnosed with a prolapse, you’ll have many options for surgery and an expert will be happy to discuss what’s the best one. A common option is a simple surgery to repair the vaginal walls, which helps repair overstretched and weakened muscles that support the vagina and womb. This therefore puts the bladder or bowel back into place, stopping the pain and discomfort from a prolapse.
There are two types of vaginal wall surgery. An anterior repair will help with prolapses where the bladder bulges towards the front of the vagina. Performed by gynaecological experts, the surgery involves pushing the bladder back into place, and ensuring the muscles are tight enough to support it. A posterior repair is when the bowel is causing the prolapse, and having it put back into place helps ease the symptoms of bowel dysfunction and pain.
A prolapse can be embarrassing for a patient at any time, and some women are especially self conscious when they’ve just given birth. Luckily, with the right expert advice and care, it’s something that can be repaired simply, helping free you from the symptoms.