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Rectocele: Symptoms Include Vaginal Pain or Constipation

A rectocele is a bulge from the rectum into the vagina. Most rectoceles occur in women where the front wall of the rectum is up against the back wall of the vagina. This area is called the rectovaginal septum and may be a weak area in the female anatomy. Other structures may also push into the vagina. A description of causes, symptoms, diagnosis, and treatment.

Topics: Anal, Rectal Disorders, Constipation, difficult to pass stools, Fact Sheet, Lower Abdominal Pain, Pelvic Pain, Pain Management, Pelvic floor disorders

About the Author

  • Bruce A. Orkin, MD

    Professor of Surgery; Director, Division of Colon and Rectal Surgery and Director, Colorectal Physiology Laboratory at the George Washington University in Washington, DC

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