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What is a Rectocele?

A rectocele occurs when the wall of the rectum bulges into the vagina. The wall of the rectum may balloon out into the vagina during a bowel movement, unintentionally trapping stool and preventing complete emptying of the bowels.

There are other structures that may also balloon into the vagina. The bladder bulging into the vagina is called a cystocele. The small intestine pushing down on the vagina from above is called an enterocele. The uterus bulging into the vagina is called uterine prolapse. These can all contribute to obstructed defecation or obstructed urination. and all relates to their misalignment (out from normal position). You have a plumbing problem if your pipes are bent.

 

How does it occur?

A rectocele occurs when the wall of the rectum bulges into the vagina. The wall of the rectum may balloon out into the vagina during a bowel movement, unintentionally trapping stool and preventing complete emptying of the bowels.

There are other structures that may also balloon into the vagina. The bladder bulging into the vagina is called a cystocele. The small intestine pushing down on the vagina from above is called an enterocele. The uterus bulging into the vagina is called uterine prolapse. These can all contribute to obstructed defecation or obstructed urination. and all relates to their misalignment (out from normal position). You have a plumbing problem if your pipes are bent.

 

What are the symptoms?

A rectocele occurs when the wall of the rectum bulges into the vagina. The wall of the rectum may balloon out into the vagina during a bowel movement, unintentionally trapping stool and preventing complete emptying of the bowels.

There are other structures that may also balloon into the vagina. The bladder bulging into the vagina is called a cystocele. The small intestine pushing down on the vagina from above is called an enterocele. The uterus bulging into the vagina is called uterine prolapse. These can all contribute to obstructed defecation or obstructed urination. and all relates to their misalignment (out from normal position). You have a plumbing problem if your pipes are bent.

 

How is it diagnosed?

A rectocele occurs when the wall of the rectum bulges into the vagina. The wall of the rectum may balloon out into the vagina during a bowel movement, unintentionally trapping stool and preventing complete emptying of the bowels.

There are other structures that may also balloon into the vagina. The bladder bulging into the vagina is called a cystocele. The small intestine pushing down on the vagina from above is called an enterocele. The uterus bulging into the vagina is called uterine prolapse. These can all contribute to obstructed defecation or obstructed urination. and all relates to their misalignment (out from normal position). You have a plumbing problem if your pipes are bent.

 

How is it treated?

A rectocele occurs when the wall of the rectum bulges into the vagina. The wall of the rectum may balloon out into the vagina during a bowel movement, unintentionally trapping stool and preventing complete emptying of the bowels.

There are other structures that may also balloon into the vagina. The bladder bulging into the vagina is called a cystocele. The small intestine pushing down on the vagina from above is called an enterocele. The uterus bulging into the vagina is called uterine prolapse. These can all contribute to obstructed defecation or obstructed urination. and all relates to their misalignment (out from normal position). You have a plumbing problem if your pipes are bent.

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