I live hourly / daily with a prolapsed bladder...I hate it and I hate the way it rules my life - I feel disgusting and psychologically it has taken a toll on my general well being.
I have a beautiful little boy who is almost 3 and so I have lived with this following his birth just shy of 3 yrs. He was a big baby and it was a LONG labour and I did have a VB. I knew around 3-6 months post birth that things did not seem right down below but no GP/Physio seemed to believe me nor did I have any physical examinations until around 12 months post birth and when I moved back to Brisbane my wonderful usual GP took one look and said "Yep - you have a prolapsed bladder" and gave me a referral to a specialist.
I see a Uro Gyno specialist who has diagnosed me with a moderate/severe bladder prolapse - the bladder sits right at the entrance of my vagina and just touches my underpants and so I guess I am somewhat blessed that it is not completely prolapsed i.e. it is not sitting outside my vagina opening...I usually wear a pesiary ring (it is out at the moment as trying to fall pregnant) which helps but I will have reconstructive bladder surgery once I have finished having a family which needs to be about 2 yrs post last baby. My husband and I are trying at the moment to have another baby and I would say if I fall pregnant and all goes well then I will most likely have a CSection.
I am 38.5yrs old now and have lived with this for 3yrs and just trying to work out mentally what will get me through potentially another 3yrs of living with this - and so I thought I would give this forum a go. I see professionals from counsellors through to my Uro Gyno but maybe this forum may give me another outlet to feel not so alone and isolated. I am fit, healthy and usually fun loving but in addition I also had my stomach muscles separated from carrying (being otherwise slender) such a large baby during pregnancy. And so in addition to the prolapse (being invisible to everyones eyes) I also have a distended stomach and so am asked frequently from strangers, clients and friends "Oh - are you pregnant" when I have not been pregnant for nearly 3 yrs - I am reduced to tears frequently from this - only plastic stomach surgery will bring back the flat stomach...
I would love to chat with ANYONE who is suffering with a prolapsed bladder (and/or distended stomach) as there is no one in my circle of friends/family with my condition - infact I have never knowingly met anyone with a moderate/severe prolapse.
I am reaching out for some kind of chat / contact as I feel so very very ALONE...anyone who has had surgery, is experiencing these conditions, has a prolapse and has had further children I would love to chat.
Thank you so much