wrong paradigmI think women are struggling with this because the entire paradigm of "strengthening" endopelvic fascia and connective tissue is misconceived. These are very soft structures - in fact, the entire pelvic interior is rather like a bowl of jello. How would you change the shape of a bowl of jello? You would tip the outer vessel in the direction you wanted it to go and the shear weight of the jello itself would shift its positioning. It is no different with the vagina and pelvic organs. Natural pelvic organ support is a matter of gravity, a tightly closed vaginal space - which has little to do with pelvic floor muscles, the shape of the outer framework from which the organs are suspended, and the weight of the organs themselves. Stopping all straining against toilet seats is a must. Rectocele can be tough, but definitely responsive to natural postural work. Repetitive, supine kegels aggravate rectocele. Learn more at wholewoman.com.
I have had rectocele since DD was born in Oct of 2009. It has gotten better over time. I splint, try to remember to do kegels. I brace myself before sneezing and am careful while lifting. It hasn't really bothered me much since DD was about 6 mos old, but from time to time it would. Starting this January, I got serious about running and started barefoot running which is good for your posture. At the same time, i started doing Peggy Brill's "The Core Program" which is just for women, making sure to include kegels with every work out have been surprised at how strong the tissues between the vag and anus have gotten. I started this regimen for overall health and to try and stabilize my lower back/SI joint (hoping to cut down on the chiro bill!) but most definitely welcome the changes down below!