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A rectocele, or vaginal hernia, is a bulge of the front wall of your rectum into your vagina.


Follow up with your healthcare provider or gynecologist as directed:

Write down your questions so you remember to ask them during your visits.

Prevent another rectocele:

  • Avoid pressure in your abdomen: Do not strain when you have a bowel movement. Do not lift heavy objects. Tell your healthcare provider if you have a severe cough.
  • Do Kegel exercises regularly: Squeeze your pelvic floor muscles to help them get stronger. Ask your healthcare provider for more information about Kegel exercises.
  • Drink liquids as directed: Ask your healthcare provider how much liquid to drink each day and which liquids are best for you. Liquid will help decrease constipation.
  • Eat more fiber: High-fiber foods, such as fresh fruits, vegetables, and whole grains, soften bowel movements. This helps bowel movements pass more quickly through your colon. Slowly add fiber into your diet to avoid bloating, stomach pain, and gas.
  • Maintain a healthy weight: Ask your healthcare provider how much you should weigh. Ask him to help you create a weight loss plan if you are overweight. Ask for help planning an exercise program. Exercise helps your bowels work better and decreases pressure inside your colon.

Contact your healthcare provider if:

  • Your pain does not go away, even with treatment.
  • Your pessary falls out.
  • You have heavier vaginal bleeding than usual.
  • You are unable to have a bowel movement.
  • You have questions or concerns about your condition or care.

Return to the emergency department if:

  • You have a mass hanging out of your vagina that you cannot push back into place.
  • You vomit several times in a row.
  • Your bowel movement is bright red or black.

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