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Are You Experiencing A Rectal Prolapse? Signs You Need To Know

by Terry Wilson

A rectal prolapse is a condition that occurs when part of the rectum protrudes out of the anus. In many cases, it occurs as a result of nerve damage to the area, whether caused by severe straining, constipation, or other trauma. Unfortunately, it's a condition that's not discussed very often, so people don't understand what to look for, nor do they know how to recognize the symptoms. Understanding the basics of rectal prolapse symptoms can help you to know when it's time to reach out to a physician.

Persistent Feeling Of Incomplete Evacuation

One of the earliest, and most frequently overlooked, indications of a rectal prolapse is a persistent feeling that you haven't fully evacuated your bowels. If you constantly feel as though you need to eliminate, even despite having just done so, you should consider some of the other symptoms to see if you may be struggling with a prolapse. If not, you will want to talk with your doctor about the possibility of constipation or other similar issues.

Incontinence Issues

Another common issue that you might encounter with a rectal prolapse is incontinence. When your rectum is pushed out beyond your anus, it can lead to problems containing your bowels, especially when sneezing or coughing. If you're struggling with this kind of problem, especially in addition to any other symptoms, you'll want to talk with your doctor about the possibility of a rectal prolapse.

Anal Discomfort And Bleeding

When you have a rectal prolapse, that can put pressure on your anus, leading to discomfort that isn't easily soothed. You may also notice some bleeding over time, which occurs due to the tissue irritation and exposure. 

Visible Protrusion

With an external anal prolapse, you can take a mirror and place it near your anus, where you might actually see a reddish, visible protrusion from your anus. If so, that's a key indication of a prolapse that will need treatment by a doctor. In some situations, the tissue will go back in on its own, but the problem will recur without proper treatment. You may even be able to push the tissue back in, but that's only a Band-Aid to the problem, not an actual solution.

You'll need to reach out to a doctor if you have any of these symptoms. Your doctor can help you assess the severity of the situation and recommend the proper rectal prolapse treatment for your condition. In some cases, surgery may be necessary to address the prolapse and prevent recurrence.