DEAR DOCTOR K: I'm a woman in my 60s. I saw my doctor because of rectal pain and constipation. She told me I have a "rectocele." What does this mean?
DEAR READER: The vagina is separated from the rectum by a wall of tough, fibrous tissue called fascia. Sometimes, an area of this wall gets weak, and part of the rectum bulges into the vagina. This bulge is called a rectocele.