What is Rectocele?
The pelvic organs are supported by various muscles and ligaments. Over time, these tissues stretch as a result of childbirth, excessive straining or age causing the pelvic organs to shift from their normal location. Rectocele is form of Vaginal Prolapse when the tissues between the rectum and vaginal wall become damaged or weak, allowing the wall of the rectum to prolapse or bulge into the vagina. Although this situation is more common among women who have had multiple pregnancies with vaginal deliveries, it can also develop in women over time who have had challenges with chronic constipation, excessive weight, performed regular heavy lifting or have a chronic cough.
These images provide a visualization of the progression of Rectocele both with a uterus and without (post-hysterectomy).