Are you suffering from uncomfortable intercourse? Undiagnosed constipation? Difficulty using the bathroom? Unexplained pelvic pressure? You could have rectoceles.
Many women have rectoceles but only a small percentage of women have symptoms related to the rectocele. Vaginal symptoms include vaginal bulging, the sensation of a mass in the vagina, pain with intercourse or even something hanging out of the vagina that may become irritated. Rectal symptoms include constipation, particularly difficult evacuation with straining. Often this is associated with bulging in the vagina when straining to have a bowel movement.
Most rectoceles may be identified in a routine office examination. A more accurate method of assessing the rectocele is an x-ray study called a defecagram. This study shows how large the rectocele is and if it empties with evacuation.
A bowel management program is the best first step. This includes a diet high in fiber and 6 to 8 glasses of fluids each day. Fiber acts like a sponge. It soaks up fluid so that less is removed as the stool travels around the colon. The stools will be larger, softer and easier to pass. If symptoms persist even with medical therapy, then surgical repair may be indicated. There are several surgical techniques used to repair a rectocele.
If you think a rectocele may be interfering with your daily life make an appointment with Dr. Margarita Murphy at Colon Surgeons of Charleston today.
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