Department of Health


Rectocele is a condition where a female's rectum (or rectal septum) protrudes into the back wall of the vagina. This produces an abnormal bulge within the vagina. In extreme cases the bulge can fall through the mouth of the vagina or cause faecal incontinence.

Symptoms of rectocele can include the following:

  • Problems with using bowel
  • Faecal incontinence
  • Pain in the lower back
  • Pain in the lower abdomen
  • Pain whilst having intercourse, or
  • Vaginal bleeding (not related to the menstrual cycle).

Further information

For more information and support with rectocele, contact either your doctor or your gynocologist.