Rectocele – causes, side effects and treatments at NaturalPedia.com

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A rectocele is a bulge of the front wall of the rectum into the back wall of the vagina. The rectovaginal septum, or the tissue between the rectum and the vagina, and this structure can become thin and weak over time, leading to rectocele. Rectocele is a type of pelvic organ prolapse and is also known as a posterior prolapse or proctocele. Rectocele typically occurs together with the weakening of the pelvic floor. The weakening of the pelvic floor can occur due to older age, multiple vaginal deliveries, and birthing trauma during vaginal delivery. Rectoceles may also occur due to a history of chronic constipation and excessive straining with bowel movements. Multiple gynecological or rectal surgeries can also result in weakening of the pelvic floor and rectocele formation.

Known side effects of rectocele

The side effects of rectocele may include a soft bulge of tissue in the vagina that may or may not stick out through the vaginal opening; difficulty having a bowel movement with the need to press your fingers on the bulge in your vagina to help push stool out; a feeling or rectal pressure or fullness; a feeling that the rectum has not completely emptied after a bowel movement; sexual concerns; and prolapse of other pelvic organs like the bladder, uterus, or small intestine. A small rectocele may not cause any sign or symptom.

Body systems harmed by rectocele

The body systems harmed by rectocele include the reproductive and the excretory systems.

List of foods or nutrients that prevent rectocele

There is no information on what foods or nutrients prevent rectocele, but fresh fruits and vegetables, turmeric, red wine, green tea, mushrooms, water with honey, and fruit juices may help improve the symptoms.

Treatments, management plans for rectocele

Treatments for rectocele may include pelvic exercises like Kegel exercises; eating foods rich in fiber; drinking plenty of fluids; avoiding any type of heavy lifting or prolonged coughing; maintaining a healthy weight or losing extra weight. Other treatments may include stool softeners, hormone replacement therapy, a vaginal pessary, and surgery.

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Summary

Rectocele is a condition in which a bulge of the front wall of the rectum into the back wall of the vagina occurs.

Rectocele causes a soft bulge of tissue in the vagina that may or may not stick out through the vaginal opening; difficulty having a bowel movement; a feeling or rectal pressure or fullness; a feeling that the rectum has not completely emptied after a bowel movement; sexual concerns; and prolapse of other pelvic organs like the bladder, uterus, or small intestine.

Rectocele harms the reproductive and the excretory systems.

Rectocele can be treated with pelvic exercises, fiber-rich diet, drinking lots of water, avoiding heavy lifting or prolonged coughing, and having a healthy weight.

Other treatments for rectocele include stool softeners, hormone replacement therapy, a vaginal pessary, and surgery.

Sources include:

FASCRS.org

My.ClevelandClinic.org

NaijaFoodTherapy.com

MedicalNewsToday.com



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