I had a 10 lb 2 oz baby with shoulder dystocia resulting in a 4th degree tear. I also had an episiotomy. The birth was 7 weeks ago and I am healing now and worried about something. I have no control over gas and sometimes have gas when I am lying in bed. When the gas comes out in this position I feel like it's coming through my anus as well as vagina. Could this be a fistula? When I go to the loo or if I pass gas while standing or sitting, I do not feel like wind is coming out of my vagina. I only feel it when I am lying down. I have not had any fecal incontinence so far and do not have faeces coming out of my vagina.
Thanks for your response abbStar! Could you please share the method your doctor used to check for a fistula? Did they find out what caused the feeling? When did the feeling stop? I have an appointment with a gynaecologist on monday but I am going crazy in the meantime. Sorry about all the questions but I am hoping to god that I don't have a fistula. I have been through a lot already.
My doctor inserted a speculum (the VERY smallest to cause the least discomfort) it was hardly any pain at all, she then had good look around and everything seemed to be fine and all that could be seen was my vesicovaginal fistula which I knew about anyway. (posh word for a tear between your urinary tract ) Just to double check she inserted a dye in my rectum so I would show if there was a leakage and everything was fine
She said its just because things have moved and are looser and need time to tighten up, and things will feel 'different' and when thing have all gone back more normal it they feeling should go away.. And plus you can release air from your vagina anyway! And it's quite common after childbirth. It's stopped around 3 - 4 months post partum, hope this helps
Thanks so much for the information abbSTAR! I know this sounds gross and TMI but I have been trying to stand in different positions when passing wind and I have not yet felt wind coming out of the vaginal opening. I really, really hope that what I am experiencing is a side effect of everything being loose and different. Besides I haven't yet healed since I still have stitches from my perineum to my anus.
hello! I had a 4th degree tear and forceps, and yes, as said above I have a fistula and have been kliving with it for nearly 5 months. I have to have 5 showers a day cos poo comes out me bits all the time, its degrading and should NOT happen during birth. I am sueing the hospital. I am ment to be attempting surgery in Feb but I am scared as it cud make the hokle worse and Il end up with a bag. I wouldnt wish this on my very worst enemy (the doctor who did this to me I wud though, bitch!!!) its caused so many probs with me and bonding with my baby. 4th degree tears shouldnt even happen, a C section shud be done. I really hope you havnt got one hun, but if you have, Im here to talk to!
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