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Dr. Michael Hulse
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Rectocele (Overview)

Rectocele is an outpouching of the rectum into the wall of the vagina due to a weakness in the tissue wall separating the vagina and rectum.


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What are the common presenting symptoms of rectocele?

What are the common presenting symptoms of rectocele?

Pressure or bulge.: Many women have no symptoms with a rectocele. A rectocele can present with a bulge or mass in the vagina that may protrude through the vaginal opening. Some women have vaginal pressure or pain. Difficulty having a bowel movement is also common and many women will use vaginal pressure to help have a bm. Some woman have difficulty with intercourse or low back pain. ...Read more

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Dr. Michael Hulse
149 doctors shared insights

Rectocele (Overview)

Rectocele is an outpouching of the rectum into the wall of the vagina due to a weakness in the tissue wall separating the vagina and rectum.


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I have been diagnosed with moderate rectocele. Is there anything i can do to prevent it from worsening without resorting to a pessary ring?

I have been diagnosed with moderate rectocele. Is there anything i can do to prevent it from worsening without resorting to a pessary ring?

Vaginal bulge: Rectoceles can cause difficulty completing bowel movements, sometimes uncomfortable sex. One way to help prevent worsening is to treat constipation and avoid straining with bowel movements. Consult a gyn or urogynecologist if you have not. ...Read more

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54yrs-cyctocele and rectocele repair 3 years ago and lost 80 lbs - cyctocele is back how do I know if recto else is back. Bladder gets dry & painful?

54yrs-cyctocele and rectocele repair 3 years ago and lost 80 lbs - cyctocele is back  how do I know if recto else is back. Bladder gets dry & painful?

PelvicOrganProlapse: A symptomatic rectocele generally causes bowel evacuation problems. To truly distinguish what is prolapsing from the vagina, a vaginal exam by a physician is required. ...Read more

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What does it mean to have a rectocele prolapse?

What does it mean to have  a rectocele prolapse?

Herniation: The rectum is herniating into the floor of the vagina producing a "bulge". It is repaired via surgery and may cause constipation or fecal retention if not treated. ...Read more

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What options are there for treatment of a rectocele?

What  options are there for treatment of a rectocele?

Many: Speak with a colorectal or specialized urogynecologist. It depends on the size and your previous history. ...Read more

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Is there anything that can cause a woman to have a rectocele besides child birth or anal sex?

Is there anything that can cause a woman to have a rectocele besides child birth or anal sex?

Bad genes.: Genetic predisposition, chronic constipation, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (coughing), asthma, diabetes mellitus and multiple childbirths can lead to rectocele. I am not aware of any studies to suggest that anal intercourse is a risk factor. ...Read more

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Rectocele - what are the consequences of avoiding surgey?

May get worse: A rectocele - the rectum bulges into or out of the vagina, may or may not get worse without surgery. Ways to decrease the symptoms of a rectocele include increasing dietary fiber, preventing constipation and straining during bowel movements. Laxatives and stool softeners may also help. Weight loss in obese individuals decreases pelvic pressure. A vaginal pessary may help to decrease symptoms. ...Read more

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What is a rectocele and how can it be fixed?

Poor support: Rectocele:; lack of pelvic support allows rectum ("straight") to sag and bulge to the front, into the vaginal vault. Rectum is no longer straight and can not effectively transmit force, or transport stool out. Ber down and things bulge-kind of like pushing a rubber band. Sometimes physical therapy may help; often surgery needed. (good results generally). ...Read more