A rectocele occurs when the wall between the vagina and the rectum weakens. This causes the rectum to press against the vagina. Pregnancy or past surgery can damage muscles or other tissues in the pelvis. Also, pelvic muscles may weaken as you age.
A rectocele may not cause symptoms. Or, you may notice a bulge in your vagina when you strain or bear down during a bowel movement. You may feel pressure, have pain during sex, or have trouble passing stool.
A rectocele usually does not cause serious health problems. If your symptoms get worse, you may want to talk with your doctor about surgery to return the rectum to its normal position.
Follow-up care is a key part of your treatment and safety. Be sure to make and go to all appointments, and call your doctor or nurse call line if you are having problems. It's also a good idea to know your test results and keep a list of the medicines you take.
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Watch closely for changes in your health, and be sure to contact your doctor or nurse call line if:
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Current as of: May 12, 2017
Adam Husney, MD - Family Medicine
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