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Unread 10-27-2002, 01:46 PM

Ladies,how do you know if you have a rectocele?I have something wrong causing me much pain.Let me try to explain.If I were examined vaginally and you pushed your finger downward you would feel something very hard.It was not like this before my hysterectomy.Whatever this something is it makes intercourse very uncomfortable(painful).Also,I have terrible cramping pains before and sometimes during a bowel movement.I have to get plenty of fiber in my diet and still get constipated from time to time.I don't have to be constipated to have the cramping pain.That happens in any case.I also sometimes get a cramping pain when I do the kegal exercises or with orgasm.Any help you all can give me is much appreciated!


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Unread 10-27-2002, 01:51 PM

Hi Jenny What you're describing does sound like it might be a rectocele, but you really need to be examined by your DR to be sure. I hope you'll get it checked out, you shouldn't have to have all this trouble! Please let us know what the DR has to say about it.
Unread 10-27-2002, 02:30 PM

Thanks Linda,I will get the Dr. to check this out.I just don't want to have to go through any more surgery.Do you have to have surgery for a rectocele?Also I explained this problem with my gynocologist some time back and she said I wouldn't get a rectocele with an abdominal hysterectomy.Of course she did not examine me that visit either.I'm

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Unread 10-27-2002, 05:17 PM

HI Jen,

It does sound like it could be a rectocele. You could have had this process starting before and abdominal hyst. and now it's getting more noticable. I had rectocele repair with the TVH, so I really didn't notice it being too bad, felt like an episiotomy and had to sit on a pillow for a few weeks. I would suggest getting plenty of fiber. I eat Fiber One every day and swear by it. And that apple a day...goes a long way!

Good luck and hope things improve for you.

Unread 10-27-2002, 06:01 PM

Hi Jenny

Your symptoms are very similar to those that finally led me down the hystorectomy path and, in my case, it was a rectocele. Still, you should have a doctor assess it, because I originally thought mine was a cystocele and it turned out to be a rectocele.

Depending on the degree of the prolapse, a prolapse can sometimes be reduced with non-surgical therapy, including through using such things as a pressary.

For more information on prolapse, here are some useful resources:

Pelvic Floor:

Women's Diagnostic Cyber - Prolapse:


Laproscopic Pelvic surgery for Prolapse:

I know that in my case the rectocele was most likely caused by my pelvic floor being weekened after giving birth vaginally to two large babie, however the huge fibroid-filled uterus contributed to further aggravating the prolapse. You could be dealing with something similar: rectocele was in the early stages pre-hyst and the absence of the cervix has caused it to aggravate.

Wishing you the best of luck. Please keep us posted.
Unread 10-28-2002, 03:24 PM

Thanks again girls.Dany,I also had two large babies.I have five children in all.My fourth child was the largest. He weighed 10 lbs.And I am a very small woman.It was like having my first baby all over again.This makes me wish I had kept my cervix,if that would have helped.I wanted to but my Dr. said it didn't make the pelvic floor any stronger to keep it.I eat Fiber One every day too.I couldn't do without it now.I guess I will find out for sure what's going on when I see the Dr.

's To You All,Jenny
Unread 11-04-2002, 08:57 PM

Hi Jenny,

I had repairs for rectocele and cystocele along with the TAH/BSO - everything was falling out. It took 5 hours for all the repair work. Like others I had 3 large babies and plus I teach orthopedically handicapped students through age 21. So along with the births and the heavy lifting at school, everything fell.

But to get back to your question. My rectocele prevented me from being able to have a normal bowel movement. I would feel the fullness and know that I needed to go. But I had to manually press on the bulging area to empty my bowels. Pretty gross - I know.


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