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What causes a rectocele?

Kevin W. Windom, MD
OBGYN (Obstetrics & Gynecology)

The most common cause for a rectocele is obstetric trauma. During a vaginal delivery, the connective tissue between the rectum and vagina can be torn, and then years after the vaginal delivery this weakness in connective tissue can form a hernia in which the rectum bulges into the vagina.

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