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Criteris for staging rectoceles? Criteris for staging rectoceles?

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Unread 02-20-2005, 08:38 PM
Criteris for staging rectoceles?

What criteria is used for staging a rectocele?

Mine is visible while squatting and lying down, just bulging inside the vagina. When having a bowel movement I can acutally see it outside my body. I have to splint if it's difficult. I told my dr. all this and he said just try to get extra fiber. That was it.

Am I being too concerned about this? Maybe it's not that bad, but seeing that pink bulge, eww, it freaks me out!
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Unread 02-20-2005, 09:35 PM
Criteris for staging rectoceles?

Hi I have been experiencing this also. Mine is kinda permently on the outside of my vagina if I bear down it does get bigger but it never goes away. I read somewhere that stage 1 is confined to the vagina, stage 2 is flush with the vulva, and stage 3 is protruding. This would put mine at a stage 3, but from some of the responses I am reading hear women have had them protuding and been labeled small. I guess the best thing is to go to you own doc and see what he says. Good luck and let us know how you are doing.
Unread 02-20-2005, 09:44 PM
Criteris for staging rectoceles?

I don't even know what stage my rectocele was labeled, besides large and did not empty completely on the defecogram test. Those results were enough for my gyn to ask if I was ready for surgery? I also had to splint most times. All of that straining isn't good on the pelvic floor either. Now I have a small cystocele, which I believe is from straining too much, the hyst and four c sections. I read nerve damage from pelvic surgeries can cause weakening of the pelvic muscles too.
Fiber is good for moving the bowels, but a rectocele is a type of hernia and it won't go away by itself. I would talk to your gyn again.


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