Hi, This is my first post... I was diagnosed in Nov 2019 with a 'moderate,' anterior and posterior prolapse. The Gynaecologist was uncommunicative and detached.
His first words to me after "Hello," were to ask me if I want to be fitted for 'pessary' during the appointment. My response was, "Fitted for a WHAT?" I was clueless. I have since read and learned a lot, but I am still pretty naive and clueless.
I declined the pessary and opted to have physio therapy; and dedicated myself to doing the daily Kegel exercises. I have done them pretty regularly for 8 months.
Things have unfortunately, gotten worse... the actual "prolapse' is now more physically obvious and I experience extreme pain, cramping, daily diarrhoea, flatulence and lower back pain. (By the way, nobody EVER mentioned any of these as possible symptoms of pelvic organ prolapse! Thanks Doc!)
My May appointment was cancelled because of Covid and I am now just sitting here (in pain) waiting, waiting, waiting.
I'm hoping to get fitted for a pessary as soon as possible, and also looking into possible corrective surgery, down the line.
My plan is to be here (on this site) regularly and I'm hoping to read about some of your experiences and treatments you've tried. What's worked, what hasn't.
By the way, I am a 66 year old woman; I've had two vaginal births and I'm in pretty good physical condition.
I'm not very "idyllic" these days, but I am hopeful.
Hello Idyllic. I am a relatively fit and active 72 year old, and have had a prolapse for the last 6 years. I have an anterior, posterior and uterine stages 3 and 4 prolapse. I originally had flexible ring pessaries fitted, they helped a bit, but not fully. Last November I went to see a specialist to find out about having a repair, which I must admit I was not keen on. She suggested that as I wasn't keen on surgery, I try a different type of pessary. It is still a ring pessary made of sillicone, but unlike the flexible ones it doesnt need to be changed every 4 - 6 months, it is removed cleaned and replaced, and lasts for about 9 years. It has totally changed my life, I can now walk for hours without feeling as though everything is falling out, in fact I feel 99% normal.
WOW! Thanks... what a great story! To be able to walk and move in comfort would be amazing! If I can ever get to see the Gyno again, I will enquire! Thank you!
This sounds great a my flexible ring pessary tends to come down on a walk but can you continue a sex life with your type of pessary ?
Yes, it is still a ring. I don’t know why it works better, but as you say I also found that the flexible Ones dropped and by the end of the day I felt as though everything was falling out. This ring stays in place and does the job.
Thank you for you storry .I am 35 years old before 2 monhs I have delivery
Hello there. Thank you kindly for sharing your story. What is the name of the pessary you are using? I had a baby 6 months ago. Long labour with forceps used twice. As a result, I have suffered a mid grade prolapse. What were the side effects (if any) with the 9 year pesssary? Thank you for your help.
Can you tell me the name of the 'ring' pessary please. I'd like to discuss it with my GP next week.Thank you.