A rectocele occurs when the rectum bulges into the vagina. A thin wall of tissue, called the fascia, separates the rectum from the vagina. When this tissue is weakened -- this often happens during pregnancy and childbirth -- the rectum could protrude into the vagina. A rectocele can make it difficult for a woman to have a bowel movement. It also can cause a looseness in the vagina that can negatively affect sexual relationships. Exercises might help relieve or correct this problem.
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Contract the muscles in your groin area, as if you were trying to stop urine. Keep these muscles contracted for about 10 seconds. Then relax the muscles for 10 seconds. Do this exercise -- called a Kegel -- 10 to 15 times each day to strengthen the vaginal muscles.
Insert a cone-shaped weight in the vagina and use your muscles to hold it there. The vaginal cone, similar to a tampon, increases the strength of the vaginal muscles. Hold the vaginal cone in place for about 10 minutes.
Lie down on your back with your feet extended. Leave one leg on the floor and lift the other leg high off the ground. If you can point your leg straight up, get it to that position and slowly lower it. Then do the same exercise with your other leg. Do this 10 times with each leg to strengthen your vaginal muscles.
Consult with your physician if you feel your rectum bulging into your vagina. This is not usually a painful condition, but it can be uncomfortable. A small bulge can usually be treated with exercise. However, a larger bulge might require surgery, notes "A Woman's Guide to Regaining Bladder Control."
- "A Woman's Guide To Regaining Bladder Control"; Dr. Eric Rovner, et al
- Vaginal Health Guide Remedy: Vaginal Exercises