Rectocele Shameful Problem for women (and men)

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Rectocele... a common yet never talked about problem, rectocele affects the lives of many women. Having worked for an OB/GYN for 35 years brought the need to open some women's and men's eyes to this not unusual condition.

When Viagra came available to men...... 30 million "came out of the closet" and obviously had different stages of erectile dysfunction. Rectocele needs the same kind of "outing". Rectocele affects women in larger numbers but it is not strictly a woman's problem.

Women hve endured the discomfort and shame associated with a rectocele. Most doctors ask only questions concerning Urinary Stress Incontinence. Most GYN's will ask their patient if they have urinary frequency or if they loose urine if they sneeze or cough. But few doctors take the lead to ask if their woman patients have to reach into the vagina and press on the back of it to defecate.

Many women don't understand all the aspect's of how the vagina is structured. Most men haven't a clue about the vagina nor much interest except for sexual gratification or its purpose as the corridor for birth.

In the diagram you will see the structure of a normal vagina. There is a top (the area where the clitoris is located) and a bottom that sits against the rectum. Sometimes the walls of the vagina are stretched and the bladder drops further down into the vagina and on occasion can hang outside of the vaginal causing Urinary Stress Incontinence. This condition is called a cytocele and can be eliminated by surgery or tied to the ligaments or to the pelvic bones.

The back of the vagina can be weakened, most often by childbirth and is a protrusion or hernia ion of the rectum into the vagina. When defecation occurs and the feces come down the rectum it can bulge into the vagina and women then have to reach in and press down to make it dislodge from the anus. Most women with this condition think they are the only ones that have it and are ashamed to even ask their doctors about it.

Unlike most everything else that women talk to each other about ......this is taboo. Ladies, you are not alone and this can be eliminated by surgery also. Surgery will strengthen the tissue that forms the back of the vagina.

Please ask your doctor about this if you have this problem and schedule yourself for the repair. I doubt in our lifetime that we will ever have a simple pill to solve this problem, nor will we see commercials that address it. So get to your physician and then spread the word to your lady friends.

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