Like the vagina and uterus, ligaments, and muscles firmly attach the rectum to the pelvis. Seldom, the supportive structures stretch or detach from the rectal wall and the rectum drops out through the anus. At the beginning, females might notice a soft, red tissue protuberant from the anus after a bowel movement. It can be muddled with a large hemorrhoid. Other symptoms might include:
- Pain during bowel movements
- Mucus or blood discharge from the protuberant tissue
- Loss of control of bowel movements
Rectal prolapse can ensue at any age, but it is most common in grownups. Females over age 50 are six times more likely than men over 50 to develop rectal prolapse.
The western practice of sitting on the toilet averts the rectum from straightening out and opening, making us much more predisposed to bowel prolapse, constipation, hemorrhoids and fissures! Crouching on the toilet is best, or using a crouching platform like the squatty potty, that fits around your toilet. At the least, put your feet on a kid’s stepping stool when sitting on the toilet, to elevate your knees higher than your hips. As a solution, you are recommended to watch videos on constipation, pooping positions and self-administered colonic massage. Constipation can play a chief role in rectal prolapse and continuing aggravation. Straining or hard stools can tear your rectum (instigating rectal fissures) and strain your pelvic muscles. If you suffer from chronic constipation, you can visit our center, i.e. Daya Ayush Therapy Center for more info. Remember to drink 8 to 10 glasses of filtered or spring water per day.