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Read this article to find out more about the condition of pelvic organ prolapse called rectocele.
A rectocele is a type of pelvic organ prolapse which results from a weakening of the pelvic muscles and the loss of the ano-rectal angle. In a rectocele the rectum bulges into the back wall of the vagina.

Watch this very short computer animation (8s) to see how this happens (available on Premier Health’s YouTube channel)[1].

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A history of constipation and straining is common but there are other factors which may be involved in the development of rectocele.

Watch What Causes Rectocele (‘Posterior Prolapse’)? to find out more (available on KegelQueen’s YouTube channel)[2].

This is an additional video, hosted on YouTube.

Then read the article The Pathophysiology, Diagnosis, and Management of Rectoceles[3] to learn more about the types, causes and treatment of rectocele.

Finally, using your search engine of choice, type in rectocele to find diagrams, information about rectocele, and experiencing rectocele.


1. Rectocele. Premier Health’s YouTube Channel. [9 May 2016; cited 24 August 2018]. Available from:

2. What causes rectocele (‘Posterior prolapse’). KegelQueen’s YouTube Channel. [10 July 2017; cited 24 August 2018]. Available from:

3. Porter WE, Summitt RL. The Pathophysiology, Diagnosis, and Management of Rectoceles. Glob Libr Women’s Med. 2008. ISSN: 1756-2228. [Cited 31 July 2018] Available from:

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