I have been reading up on the other posts about those of us who had 4th degree tears during childbirth - and have had bowel issues since....
I have some control- and am trying to do exercises to make it better - I found a great website from the UK that explains exactly how to do them... I absolutly can not go through sphincteroplasty anytime soon--- maybe in a few years if the problem persists -- but after the horrible healing from childbirth - and hoping to have another baby in the next 2 years- I simply can't afford the time off of work (i'm on my feet all day so healing from that type of surgery would have me on disability for a long time).
If you had this problem (surgery or not) - did you have a c/s with your next birth? I am planning to ask my OB for an elective c/s with the next birth - I don't think she'll give me a fight... A colorectal surgeon friend of mine already suggested it to me- so I have "back up"
Just wanted to hear if you had one, or not- and how it effected your bowels, or if/when you ever found some relief with exercises or only surgery, etc.
I know a lot of the stories are in the other posts (part I-V) but looking more specifically for births after the inital damage was done.