Anyone here has used laser light therapy to treat (or maybe rather relieve symptoms of) prolapse or stress urinary incontinence? It is said to tighten the mucosal tissue and improve function of pelvic floor muscles.
No way it can restore the anatomic position of the organs but I assume it improves support and in this way alleviate some of the symptoms. It doesn't seem to have any side effect except that the procedure needs to be repeated every 2 years. Would love to get some feedback!
The only thing I have heard is that is kind of shrinks the vaginal skin and therefore tightens it but I dont know if this is true. What grade prolapse do you have? I take it you have a cystocele and possible urethrocele?
If you are post menopausal you could also consider vaginal oestrogen cream and also a pessary? This could help you with urinary incontinence as well
I am not sure of the degree of my prolapse. I have a mild urethrocele that doesn't bother me most of the time and a moderate rectocele that bothers me all day long. I have been told degree 1 or degree 2 for the rectocele depending on the gyneco I have seen. As constipation is very bad I am going to have some testing done but it will be in a couple of weeks as I am only 3 months post-delivery of a baby. My Physiotherapist mentioned to me that she doesn't think that my rectum has herniate in my vagina but that my posterior wall is really floppy, damaged by childbirth and muscles very weak. She is the one recommending the procedure to me yet she doesn't know anyone that has used it.
You are still very early on post partum so things could improve significantly for you over the next few months. However, it is recommended that you see a Urogynecologist for any prolapse assessment and operation as they are prolapsed Drs specifically.
Straining to have a bowel movement is contraindicated for prolapse and to be avoided as it can cause prolapse as well. Are you using any laxative at all to help you to go? Most ladies use Miralax/Laxido and you can also look at correct evacuation techniques. Look at Michelle Kenways technique for correct way to empty your bowel. I find this helpful. Also, you need to elevate your legs into a squatting position while on the toilet. Feet up on a step stool or look at a squatty potty.
While your body is getting over the first few months after your delivery of your baby you can look at all the options and schedule a Urogynecologist appt if you want to find out your options for further treatment.
You can ask them about this laser treatment as well if you are still interested in trying it. I dont know much about it but do feel a proper assessment needs to be made for you to be able to make the best decision for you.
I wish you luck with this and if you want to ask any more questions please do
I am struggling to find a good laxative regiment not to be constipated, I have been told to try movicol or duphalac along with fybogel (and eductyl when in a crisis) but I am still very much struggling about finding the right regiment. Anyway, the gastro-enterologist I have seen said every women is different and I am the only one to be able to find what is working for me. So, for the moment it is very much a trial-error phase. It worries me a lot because it has quite an impact on my social life ;-( I am also using a good evacuation technique but how to do when you are not at home???!!!! Really try not to feel sorry for myself and to think positive but this *****!!!!!
I take 2 sachets of Laxido/Miralax which I think is the same thing as movicol in the evening as well as use a hand held enema called a Qufora mini system, use good evacuation technique as well as suppositories and abdominal massage. This means I mainly know I can go in the morning which is a real relief.
I have rectocele, cystourethrocele, uterine descent, rectal prolapse and an intussusception of the bowel so I can understand your issues.
Do you get gas? If so, look at the FODMAPS diet and also consider if you feel fibre is making your constipation better or worse. Talk to your gastro Dr about the possibility of any other issues and see if they will send you to a Colorectal and/or bowel biofeedback physio. In the US a Urogynecologist may be able to handle all of your issues if you live there. You have some options
I had a difficult birth with one of my children as well as chronic cough before my tonsils were taken out but I feel that my life long constipation issues were probably the biggest reason I have prolapses. I know how upsetting it is to have this problem but it is really important to get on top of constipation.
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