This weakening allows the uterus, urethra, bladder, or rectum to droop down into the vagina. If the pelvic floor muscles weaken enough, these organs can even protrude out of the vagina. If you do have symptoms, your symptoms will depend on the organ that is prolapsed.
I saw my doctor because of rectal pain and constipation. Sometimes, an area of this wall gets weak, and part of the rectum bulges into the vagina. This bulge is called a rectocele.
A rectocele is a herniation bulge of the front wall of the rectum into the back wall of the vagina. The tissue between the rectum and the vagina is known as the rectovaginal septum and this structure can become thin and weak over time, resulting in a rectocele. When rectoceles are small, most women have no symptoms.
A rectocele is a condition in which the wall of tissue that separates the rectum from the vagina is weakened, allowing the vaginal wall to budge. Commonly, the front wall of the rectum bulges against the posterior of the vagina. The size of the prolapse often indicates if it is symptomatic.
In women, the vagina is separated from the rectum by a firm wall of tough, fibrous tissue called fascia. Sometimes, an area of this wall gets weak, and part of the rectum bulges into the vagina. This bulge is called a rectocele.
A rectocele occurs when the end of the large intestine rectum pushes against and moves the back wall of the vagina. An enterocele small bowel prolapse occurs when the small bowel presses against and moves the upper wall of the vagina. Rectoceles and enteroceles develop if the lower pelvic muscles become damaged by labour, childbirth, or a previous pelvic surgery or when the muscles are weakened by aging.
View image. Cystocele and rectocele repair is surgery to lift and tighten the tissue around the bladder and rectum so that these organs no longer push into the vagina. A cystocele happens when the bladder pushes against weakened tissue in the vagina and drops down into the vagina.
Pelvic organ prolapse POP occurs when the tissue and muscles of the pelvic floor no longer support the pelvic organs resulting in the drop prolapse of the pelvic organs from their normal position. The pelvic organs include the vagina, cervix, uterus, bladder, urethra, and rectum. The bladder is the most commonly involved organ in pelvic organ prolapse.
As you age, your organs can shift positions. Pregnancy, childbirth or extra weight can stretch and weaken muscles that support your pelvic organs. A sheet of muscles and ligaments called the pelvic floor supports the uterus, small bowel, colon and bladder.
Women are more likely to get it than men, but over the last ten years, Cancer Research UK said the number of people suffering with the disease has increased. The anus is the part of the bowel that opens to the outside of the body from the rectum and measures about about three cm. Around nine in ten cases of anal cancer are linked to the HPV infection - human papillomavirus - the same virus that causes the majority of cancers of the cervix, vulva, vagina, penis and oropharynx. Different types of HPV are classed as either high risk or low risk, depending on the conditions they can cause.