1:36 pm - 09/21/2012

"Falling Cervix"??

Background: I had a yeast infection in mid July, which I thought went away. I didn't use my cup that period (the YI came just before my period, and was my first YI in about 8 years). The following few weeks I was fine, but the last week of August I had some vagina pain during intercourse (my first sympon in July) and some mild itchiness. I stuck some garlic in there, and there was no further issues.  I also have a low-lying cervix/shallow vagina - I can feel my cervix very easily, and in fact feel all the way to the back recesses of my vaginal canal without stretching. I also just went off the pill, and plan to remain off of it for the next few months. 

Friday I started my period, and that entire day my vaginal entrance was very sore.I thought it was a YI, as my inner labia was VERY itchy, and remained itchy all weekend.  I ended up taking my menstrual cup out, and doing so I found that my cervix was practically at the entrance of my vagina. I called my doctor to make an appointment right away, and I got in to see her today. She said that there is no signs of a YI (and if there is one, its very mild right now). She said that I have a "fallen cervix", even though I don't have any discomfort or pain while walking around or standing up. She commented that she could touch my cervix without any difficulty (she never commented on this before in any of my yearly physicals, even though I mentioned in March at my last one  that I was having random spotting and bleeding and my cervix was tender. She is referring me to an OB/GYN for to help me take care of it, but I am quite lost as to what it is exactly.  Has anyone else every had this?  Any idea as to what I should be expecting?? 
dammit_morgan 21st-Sep-2012 07:59 pm (UTC)
wyldlittlepoet 21st-Sep-2012 08:04 pm (UTC)
I think the correct term is "uterine prolapse" or something of that nature, and it's fairly common, especially as you age and after childbirth. Basically, the muscles and ligaments that keep your uterus in place can get damaged over time, with the net result that your uterus slides down into your vaginal canal.

I think that your doctor can fit you with a pessary to keep your uterus in where it should be. I don't know of any other real treatments. (My doctor-sister once heard about a lady who used an intact sweet potato as a pessary, forgot about it, and was then horrified when it started to sprout. I don't know how true that is, but I don't think that produce is the appropriate way to treat this!)
morningapproach 22nd-Sep-2012 11:30 pm (UTC)
I am only 29, and I have never had kids.

What is a pessary, and what does it do exactly? Is it like a kegel ball?
wyldlittlepoet 22nd-Sep-2012 11:42 pm (UTC)
Pessaries come in all shapes and sizes! Here's some general info on their uses in treating prolapse: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC2876320/
lorrainec 21st-Sep-2012 10:34 pm (UTC)
Sounds like (mild) uterine prolapse to me as well. Might be worth reading this article http://www.nlm.nih.gov/medlineplus/ency/article/001508.htm for further information.
morningapproach 22nd-Sep-2012 11:30 pm (UTC)
thanks, I'll check out the link.
vertbio 22nd-Sep-2012 09:02 am (UTC)
Prolapse would be the proper term I believe.

But it does seem a bit odd to me to make that sort of diagnosis during a period. The cervix often drops and sits quite lower during menstruation. Mine has gotten very close to the vaginal entrance, about an inch in I'd say, and my cervix tends to sit low anyway. Like you I can normally feel all the way back without having to bear down. But it never stays as low as it is during a period. It's always gone back up. If you've never seen your gyne during your period, that could be why she's never seen it that low before.

It's good you get to have it looked at just in case. I'm just surprised since my cervix has been very low and easy to touch before due to my period and it's not an issue.
morningapproach 22nd-Sep-2012 11:35 pm (UTC)
It was about 4 days after my period was over that I was in the doctor's office. And normally my cervix is low, but it had never been THIS Low before, as in almost poking out of my vagina low - it was only a finger tip's length inside.

She did mention prolapse as a term, but then she used "fallen cervix" later on in the appointment.
wyldlittlepoet 22nd-Sep-2012 11:37 pm (UTC)
It's possible that she switched to "fallen cervix" since it's more descriptive and less technical than "prolapse."
kuradi8 22nd-Sep-2012 02:32 pm (UTC)
Yeah, that sounds like prolapse to me too. Did your doctor recommend exercises? Kegels? Lower abdominal crunches? Squats for your butt muscles? They all work together.

As for Kegel exercises, there are many different kegel tools. Some are hands-on and require interaction -- such as wands or tethered "orgasm balls" or gizmos that look kinda like speculums. My favorite tool is just plain Ben Wa Balls. Start with ones that are about 1" and 3/4oz apiece and then graduate to those that are appx 3/4" and 1oz apiece. The idea is to insert them and keep them in while you walk around, do the dishes, etc. Start with 20 minutes a day and build from there. The longer you keep them in, they harder they'll be to keep them inside. That's what's working your PCs -- hands free, no interaction required. Do this at home. Be sure to remember to remove them (relax, cough and catch) before going out or using the toilet.
morningapproach 22nd-Sep-2012 11:36 pm (UTC)
I am definitely going to try kegels. I am thinking that the OB/GYN is going to talk to me about some options when I get in to see her.
startrails 24th-Sep-2012 07:15 pm (UTC)
Hi. I've never posted here before but I read on a semi-regular basis. I just thought I'd mention, since no one else has, that there is a form of massage, called Mayan Abdominal Massage, that has definite benefits for uterine prolapse. See here for more: https://arvigotherapy.com/content/definition-and-history. I have experienced this type of massage, although for general health and not for any specific problem, and found it non-invasive and relaxing. I highly recommend seeing if there is a practitioner near you.
morningapproach 24th-Sep-2012 07:26 pm (UTC)
Ooo, thanks :D I'll definitely check it out!
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