Women’s experiences of managing digitation: do we ask enough in primary care?

Document first published:
Page updated:
, ,
Publication type:

The purpose of this literature review by Eustice et al (2018) was to consider the available literature on pelvic organ prolapse across two areas.



Firstly, to understand the extent of the problem and secondly, to identify the lived experience of women who have difficulty with rectal emptying. The authors suggested that the findings help support a conversation on when and how to use a conservative management approach for women with pelvic organ prolapse. They identified a dearth of knowledge about women living with the problem of obstructive defaecation suggesting an opportunity for healthcare professionals in primary care to improve the experience of women struggling with bothersome symptoms through further research and examination of current clinical practises.