“… Now I see as my friend” – A story about childbirth injuries and rectal irrigation

Qufora IrriSedo MiniGo Patient

In 2016 I had a 3rd degree tear in childbirth. I had repair surgery but following that I always felt that my poo came out at a weird angle and just didn’t feel right. I was advised to do pelvic floor exercises and told my problems could be explored further once I’d finished having children as any attempts to fix any problems would be made worse by subsequent pregnancies and childbirth.

I found myself increasingly feeling like it took a full day to empty my bowels. I’d go to the toilet, but still feel there was poo there that I just couldn’t get out. I’d poo and wipe properly but then when I went back to the toilet for a wee, I’d need to wipe my bottom too as there would be poo there again.

After having my second child I went back to the GP to ask for this to be explored further. I saw a pelvic floor therapist, a gynaecologist and then a colorectal nurse. I had a defecography which diagnosed a rectocele and intussusception and showed that I wasn’t fully emptying my bowels and was straining a lot. The colorectal nurse told me about Qufora as an idea to flush the poo out that was getting stuck. I must admit, at first I was scared to use it. I’d had a traumatic birth and had tried to block it all out. Accepting I might need to do this for the rest of my life was pretty hard but when I realised that not using it could result in me being in a much worse situation, I thought it was worth a go.

So the first time I used it, I felt the familiar feeling that there was some poo stuck. I used the Qufora MiniGo, as soon as I removed it there was a rush of water and poo, it felt a bit like when you have diarrhoea, it was all out within seconds and the feeling of anything being stuck was instantly gone. I couldn’t believe how easy it was. I’ve now started to use it regularly and it’s an absolute game changer. I feel cleaner and much more comfortable. I feel like pooing is just a thing that happens rather than a day long activity or something that’s always on my mind. It’s a manageable, fairly discreet thing to use, something that a few weeks ago I felt repulsed by, but now I see as my friend.

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