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dc.contributor.authorEustice, Sen
dc.contributor.authorEndacott, Ren
dc.contributor.authorMorris, Jen
dc.contributor.authorShankar, Ren
dc.contributor.authorKent, Ben

The aim of this paper was to consider the available evidence for the current management of pelvic organ prolapse, which is a common presentation in primary care. However, not all women will present, only presenting when symptoms become bothersome. Particular attention was paid to understanding the problem of rectocele and its influence on obstructive defaecation symptoms. The burden of rectocele and its consequences are not truly known. Furthermore, healthcare professionals may not always enquire about bowel symptoms and patients may not disclose them. Complex emotions around coping and managing stress add to the challenges with seeking healthcare. Therefore, the impact on the lived experience of women who have difficulty with rectal emptying can be significant. The review identified a dearth of knowledge about women living with the problem of obstructive defaecation resulting in the use of digitation. Improving the management of digitation, an under-reported problem, is necessary to improve the quality of life for women. Primary care needs to increase access to conservative measures for women struggling with bothersome symptoms, such as constipation, the need to digitate or anxiety.

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dc.subjectdifficulty emptyingen
dc.subjectobstructive defaecationen
dc.subjectpelvic organ prolapseen
dc.subjectprimary careen
dc.titleWomen's experiences of managing digitation: do we ask enough in primary care?en
dc.typeJournal Article
plymouth.publication-statusPublished onlineen
plymouth.journalJRSM Openen
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plymouth.organisational-group/Plymouth/Faculty of Health/School of Nursing and Midwifery
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