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Rectal Prolapse (Rectocele)

Symptoms and Signs of Rectal Prolapse (Rectocele)

The primary symptoms of rectal prolapse is bright red tissue protruding from the anus, particularly after a bowel movement. This reddish tissue is the inner lining of the rectum, and may be accompanied by pain and bleeding.

However, the very first symptoms of rectocele you may notice are the unexpected release of mucus, stool or blood from the anus. In fact, fecal incontinence—and particularly worsening fecal incontinence—is a symptom that often characterizes this condition. Other symptoms include:

  • Feeling the urgent need for a bowel movement and having full bowels, as well as the feeling of not being able to empty one's bowels completely
  • The passage of small stools
  • Anal pain, itching, irritation and bleeding

At first, you may be able to push the bright red tissue protruding from your anus back in using your fingers, but as the conditions gets worse, this may become increasingly difficult or impossible. As it develops, you may also increasingly lose control of your bowels, and in some cases develop an ulcer on the prolapsed segment of your rectum. 

Locations for Rectal Prolapse (Rectocele)