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Proctocele

Proctocele; What is it?

A proctocele is also known as a rectocele and it is a prolapse (falling out of position, dropping down) of the bowel. It usually results from a tear in the normally tough, fibrous, sheet-like divider between the rectum and vagina (rectovaginal septum), causing the bowel to protrude into the back wall of the vagina when there is a bowel movement.

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Proctocele can be caused by hysterectomy or childbirth. If the proctocele is small there may be no symptoms but if it is large there may be a noticeable protrusion through the vagina. It can cause discomfort and pelvic heaviness and may also make passing a stool difficult.

Pelvic floor exercises will help with proctocele and help prevent worsening of the condition.

Can Kegel8 Help With Proctocele?

Anal electrical stimulation via an anal probe has been successfully used in a number of Clinical studies, there is proof of improved effect; however one study suggested that this may be due to increased sensation rather than actual muscle strengthening.

Kegel8 can and will help with proctocele and it is vital that you target and strengthen your pelvic floor to prevent further prolapse - and that's even if you have pelvic floor surgery. Women who suffer with rectal prolapse and proctocele are more prone to suffering with bladder prolapse too, so strengthening the muscles of the pelvic floor is imperative.

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