Enterocele

Small bowel prolapse, also called enterocele, occurs when the small intestine descends into the lower pelvic cavity and pushes at the top part of the vagina, creating a bulge. Childbirth, aging and other processes that put pressure on your pelvic floor may weaken the muscles and ligaments that support pelvic organs, making small bowel prolapse more likely to occur. 

symptoms of enterocele

  • A pulling sensation in your pelvis that eases when you lie down
  • A feeling of pelvic fullness, pressure or pain
  • Low back pain that eases when you lie down
  • A soft bulge of tissue in your vagina
  • Vaginal discomfort and pain with sex (dyspareunia)

Many women with small bowel prolapse also experience prolapse of other pelvic organs, such as the bladder, uterus or rectum. 

what causes enteroceles?

Increased pressure on the pelvic floor is the main reason for any form of pelvic organ prolapse. Conditions and activities that can cause or contribute to small bowel prolapse or other types of prolapse include:

  • Pregnancy and childbirth
  • Chronic constipation or straining with bowel movements
  • Chronic cough or bronchitis
  • Repeated heavy lifting
  • Being overweight or obese

If you are experiencing symptoms of enterocele or pelvic organ prolapse then consult your WISH clinician today. 

*This information does not replace a provider consultation. You should schedule an appointment with your provider if you experience any of these symptoms.

*Information provided by the Mayo Clinic