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My son is now 10 months old but I am still having problems with my episiotomy scar being painful and with sex even kinda splitting a little (normal sex, not over vigorous even). I saw my doctor about this about 4 months ago and she said they are not good at fixing these things. Also I have anal fissues and problems with an over sensitive urethra (I often feel like I need to pee when I don't). Anyone else had this and had it fixed. Also I would love to have another baby but I am very afraid of making these problems worse, any advise appreciated. Oh and it was a forceps birth.
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Wednesday, 19 March 2008 3:40 p.m.
Sunday, 23 March 2008 10:14 p.m.
Thanks guys, and that info is great kazzarat. My GP gave me hydrocortisone also for it and said to come back if it was still giving me trouble but was quite negative about waiting time to see a specialist and the chances of them being able to fix it. The splitting was definitely the top of the scar off to the side where they cut from. I suppose I just need to go back to the Dr and get the referral and see what can be done.
Sunday, 23 March 2008 5:36 p.m.
Hi Lilly. Can totally sympathise with ya. I also had a episiotomy and forceps delivery and problems for months after with pain etc. Eventually saw my Gynae/ob guy who gave me 3 solutions:
1) keep having s ex etc but to use xtra lube etc. theroy been that it would soften up the scarring with use and decrease pain (hubbie was very happy with that one)
2) get a script for a hormone based cream that is supposed to work really well (didnt try it thou)
3)if problems persisted it could be a trapped nerve that could be released with minor surgery or have an elective episotomy next bubba to release it too.
Luckily mine slowly eased up with use.....Good luck :o)
Friday, 21 March 2008 11:20 a.m.
Also, just check it is your episiotomy scar, if its splitting straight back then that shouldnt be your scar, as they are supposed to cut on an angle off to the side not striaght down....
Friday, 21 March 2008 11:18 a.m.
Hey Lilly, i had the same as you, not to alarm, but it was DEFINATLY worth being seen, i put up with it for over a year, thinking it was normal after having a child etc, but it was picked up when i had a pap smear. All sorted now though. Although i did choose to have a c-section 2nd time around, due to the complications i had afterwards....hope you get it all sorted = )
Thursday, 20 March 2008 1:59 p.m.
if it helps, i have a second child and although nervous i was prepared to go through with another vaginal delivery, as it happens i had a last minute elective caesarian as my son was huge and because of my previous traumatic delivery my obstetrician advised it would probably be best (he was 10lb 13oz in the end so i was very glad i went for the emergancy exit for him!) good luck and keep pestering your doctor!
hi lilly, i had a rotational forceps birth and episiotomy/tear with my first born (now nearly 3.5). although it was uncomfortable (to put it mildly!) and took a while to heal, it DID heal. It sounds like your doctor has not been very helpful, after 10 months i think you have the right to expect to be feeling back to normal. i would say go back to your doctor (or another at the same practise) and request a referral on to a gynacologist as Spuds mum has suggested.
having the episiotomy still splitting sounds awful and i'm sure that someone knowledgeable would be able to help you.
Wednesday, 19 March 2008 4:48 p.m.
Can you see if your Dr will give you a referral to a Gynacologist? there is an article in the latest l i t t i l i e s mag with woman with urinary issues after birth and they are often referred to a gyno-uroligist who in most instances can fix many issues.
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