When pressure is placed on the pelvic floor, it's possible for the vaginal wall to become weakened, which can lead to the development of a rectocele. It's common for pregnancy to cause some of this pressure because of the how the connective tissue and muscles that support your vagina become stretched during childbirth. A higher number of pregnancies increases the likelihood that you will suffer from a rectocele at some point in time. Other causes to look out for include heavy lifting, being obese, chronic bouts of coughing, and chronic constipation.
Symptoms You Could Experience
If the rectocele is small, it's likely that your symptoms will be minimal to nonexistent. A larger rectocele can result in such symptoms as difficulties with bowel movements, a bulging of tissue within your vagina, a small amount of pain and discomfort, and pressure within the rectum. This is a very common condition that doesn't even need to be treated in many cases. However, symptoms could become severe enough that leading a normal life becomes more difficult. If so, you might want to obtain an opinion from a doctor or surgeon about what you should do.