WARNING: The Embarrassing Bodies website contains images of an explicit medical nature and nudity in a medical context.

Embarrassing Bodies, 11:00pm Sunday 20th April 2014 on More 4. Catch up for free on 4oD »

Conditions

Prolapsed Rectum

This is just as painful as it sounds unfortunately, and can result in you not being sure if you need to go the toilet or not. A prolapsed rectum is when the rectum is pushed out through the anal opening when gearing up for a number 2. If the condition worsens, the rectum may protrude substantially at all times, which can be incredibly uncomfortable. It is often caused by straining too much when you go the toilet, it can be a side effect of giving birth, or can be a condition you are born with. Whilst doctors are not quite sure what causes it, it usually affects the young and the elderly, but fortunately there are surgical procedures to correct this condition.

Comments and Questions

The EB doctors have been looking at your comments and have answered some of the common questions below. Remember that it is always best to check with a health professional if you have any concerns about your health.

You can share your experiences and thoughts with other Embarrassing Bodies site-users below. Comments & Questions are reviewed by moderators, but if you see anything on the site that worries you, please report it and one of our moderators will look at it as soon as possible.
Please note: Unfortunately Channel 4 cannot respond to individual inquiries. If you have any concerns, you can check out NHS Choices, but ultimately it is always best to check with a health professional.

I am 15 years old and I have this little pink bit of skin sticking out of my anus. I can't sit down comfortably. I didn't have it last night but I woke up with it and I don't know what to do! What is it and what should I do?





This will be published. Surnames, nicknames or usernames are not allowed


Your email address will be kept confidential and will NOT be published – it is only being collected here in case Channel 4 need to contact you in relation to your answer.


Please don't swear or be rude in your answers, as they will not be added to the site. Please do not use your full name when posting answers. If in doubt, refer to the community guidelines

Questions submitted to the site will be answered by other site users, not by medical professionals, so if you have a medical concern, please book an appointment with your GP.

By posting on this website you are agreeing to abide by our community guidelines

It could be a hemorrhoid but i cant tell you exactly you should see your doctor.

I struggle going to the toilet could spend up to 2 hours on it sometimes and it get's stuck, sometimes I don't know if I had a stool. I feel as though my anus is stiff and will not open up not sure if this could be rectal prolapse but it does pop out a little





This will be published. Surnames, nicknames or usernames are not allowed


Your email address will be kept confidential and will NOT be published – it is only being collected here in case Channel 4 need to contact you in relation to your comment.


Please don’t swear or be rude in your comments, as they will not be added to the site. Please do not use your full name when posting comments. If in doubt, refer to the community guidelines

By posting on this website you are agreeing to abide by our community guidelines

Can you tell us exactly how your stool was? This sounds awkward but believe me its perfectly normal.So have you've been constipated lately?Was your stool hard?

I am not a Doctor but when that has happened to me it has been because I am constipated through not eating the right food. Also being dehydrated. White bread is often the cause and a lack of fruit in the diet. I think that if you eat different bread, cut down on things made with white flour and drink more fluids, not fizzy preferably water or drinks made with water such as squashes this should certainly help. Also it's not a good idea to strain. I really believe lots of fruit and a change of diet will cure this very quickly.

Hi every time I go toilet for no2, my rectum area falls out this happens Everytime I go toilet Iv had ointment given to me by my doctor where i use to push it back in but this is a common problem for me. What do I do





This will be published. Surnames, nicknames or usernames are not allowed


Your email address will be kept confidential and will NOT be published – it is only being collected here in case Channel 4 need to contact you in relation to your comment.


Please don’t swear or be rude in your comments, as they will not be added to the site. Please do not use your full name when posting comments. If in doubt, refer to the community guidelines

By posting on this website you are agreeing to abide by our community guidelines

Hi am 22 years old, my left leg is kind of swelling, and each time i stay in water for long it increase. I have taken different anti-biotic but no changes. This started last year may.





This will be published. Surnames, nicknames or usernames are not allowed


Your email address will be kept confidential and will NOT be published – it is only being collected here in case Channel 4 need to contact you in relation to your answer.


Please don't swear or be rude in your answers, as they will not be added to the site. Please do not use your full name when posting answers. If in doubt, refer to the community guidelines

Questions submitted to the site will be answered by other site users, not by medical professionals, so if you have a medical concern, please book an appointment with your GP.

By posting on this website you are agreeing to abide by our community guidelines

I have multiple bowel movements throughout the day. The stools are thin, sometimes they have one side which is angular rather than round. I never feel that my rectum is completely empty and my vagina hurts after I have defecated, as though it were somehow attached to the rectum. I am kept awake at night by the pain from both vagina and rectum. Alternatively, if I have diarrhoea instead, my vagina then feels as though it is being stung by stinging nettles and I am unable to walk for the rest of the day.





This will be published. Surnames, nicknames or usernames are not allowed


Your email address will be kept confidential and will NOT be published – it is only being collected here in case Channel 4 need to contact you in relation to your answer.


Please don't swear or be rude in your answers, as they will not be added to the site. Please do not use your full name when posting answers. If in doubt, refer to the community guidelines

Questions submitted to the site will be answered by other site users, not by medical professionals, so if you have a medical concern, please book an appointment with your GP.

By posting on this website you are agreeing to abide by our community guidelines

Hey. I'm 23 with no kids or anything and I have exactly the same symptoms as you and I have been through all the tests (colonoscopy, defecating proctogram, anal manometry etc.) They concluded that I have rectal prolapse and rectocele, which basically means the rectum is prolapsing into the vagina. It can be fixed. In my case it looks like I'm having ventral rectopexy. Don't panic and look online forever until it gets worse, which is exactly what I did. Just go to the doctor go through the motions and they'll sort it out. Definitely too uncomfortable to carry on living with my love!

Hi, I think I recently suffered from constipation. I tried the dukan diet which is protein only for 5 days. After 4 days I went to pass a stool but was straining and nothing came pout. A few hours later I felt the need to go again, strained a fair bit and eventually managed to pass a motion. Later in the evening was so paranoid I had pushed out everything and had a prolapse I had to keep checking to see if anything had come out. I don't think it did but felt something that felt like a skin tag or something that wasn't supposed to be there. I have Crohn's disease, but have never had constipation before and am worried I strained to much and don't know what to do





This will be published. Surnames, nicknames or usernames are not allowed


Your email address will be kept confidential and will NOT be published – it is only being collected here in case Channel 4 need to contact you in relation to your answer.


Please don't swear or be rude in your answers, as they will not be added to the site. Please do not use your full name when posting answers. If in doubt, refer to the community guidelines

Questions submitted to the site will be answered by other site users, not by medical professionals, so if you have a medical concern, please book an appointment with your GP.

By posting on this website you are agreeing to abide by our community guidelines

If you're worried why not contact one of our Doctor's? You can call us on: 0121 2248395 or email us today.

I have a history of irregular bleeding from vagina even though i take cirizett and did not bleed for 5 years pain in pelvis , blood in my wee every time its tested and sore bladder, bleeding from bowel few times pressire on bowels and cant go to toilet one minute or diahorra next Is there any thing that could link then all as all consulants say is ibs inflamed pelvis and painfull bladder syndrom i also have rhematod arthris and fibromialga





This will be published. Surnames, nicknames or usernames are not allowed


Your email address will be kept confidential and will NOT be published – it is only being collected here in case Channel 4 need to contact you in relation to your comment.


Please don’t swear or be rude in your comments, as they will not be added to the site. Please do not use your full name when posting comments. If in doubt, refer to the community guidelines

By posting on this website you are agreeing to abide by our community guidelines

Hi i am 36 years old. When going to the toilet i feel as if i am pushing my insides out. Sometimes I can be constipated and feel a bit bloated. But more recently i have noticed that i am bleeding a bit more regular. Sometimes the bleeding has stopped and i am fine. I feel as if when i am doing the toilet i am pushing my inside down out through my anus and this is where the blood is coming from. Has anyone had a similar problem.





This will be published. Surnames, nicknames or usernames are not allowed


Your email address will be kept confidential and will NOT be published – it is only being collected here in case Channel 4 need to contact you in relation to your answer.


Please don't swear or be rude in your answers, as they will not be added to the site. Please do not use your full name when posting answers. If in doubt, refer to the community guidelines

Questions submitted to the site will be answered by other site users, not by medical professionals, so if you have a medical concern, please book an appointment with your GP.

By posting on this website you are agreeing to abide by our community guidelines

Hi I have recently has anal intercross with my boyfriend without protection not knowing he has had syphiliss in the past I now has a sore anus and am having difficulty going to the toliet I am planning on visiting the gay health clinic but was just worried about the symptoms is this normal after possibly catching a sti?





This will be published. Surnames, nicknames or usernames are not allowed


Your email address will be kept confidential and will NOT be published – it is only being collected here in case Channel 4 need to contact you in relation to your comment.


Please don’t swear or be rude in your comments, as they will not be added to the site. Please do not use your full name when posting comments. If in doubt, refer to the community guidelines

By posting on this website you are agreeing to abide by our community guidelines

You absolutely need to see a doctor. This could be something fairly simple and easy to treat, called an anal fissure. A fissure is a small tear or crack in the area around or in the anal area. It comes from having very hard stools (constipation) or injuries from forceful entry into the anus. The anus is not a two way street. If you chose to have anal intercourse, you'll need lots of lubrication ( K-Y, Astroglide, or other products of a similar nature, found at the drug or grocery store.) DO NOT use petroleum based (Vaseline) type products--they are too have sticky and do not provide the slippery feeling you want. Secondly, take your time,tell him to be gentle, move slowly, and if it hurts, STOP! Fissures can be treated with medications applied to the area 2-3 times a day and warm baths. Eat lots of fiber to prevent constipation. Secondly, NEVER have sex with someone, unless they can prove they are free of disease--like a note or lab report from a doctor. It may be embarrassing to ask, but it's worth it to know you don't have to tell him he gave you a disease that can kill you (HIV & AIDS) or can cause cancer (HERPES) or make you miserable for a long time (gonorrhea, discharges, 24 other diseases, and syphilis is a sneaky disease because it can act like it's gone (when the ulcers go away) but it really continues to live in your body, eventually causing brain damage!! GO SEE A DOCTOR TODAY!! Knowing what's wrong, is so much better than worrying about what it MIGHT be!! Good luck!

Hi I'm 34year now I have some broplem when I go to toilet have something come on and with red blood when I siting toilet so painful can't but this back in and can't touch it very hurts now i can't siting can't sleep in the night so painful torfure now. How I can do and I need some help thanks ?





This will be published. Surnames, nicknames or usernames are not allowed


Your email address will be kept confidential and will NOT be published – it is only being collected here in case Channel 4 need to contact you in relation to your comment.


Please don’t swear or be rude in your comments, as they will not be added to the site. Please do not use your full name when posting comments. If in doubt, refer to the community guidelines

By posting on this website you are agreeing to abide by our community guidelines





This will be published. Surnames, nicknames or usernames are not allowed


Your email address will be kept confidential and will NOT be published – it is only being collected here in case Channel 4 need to contact you in relation to your comment.



Please don’t swear or be rude in your comments, as they will not be added to the site. Please do not use your full name when posting comments. If in doubt, refer to the community guidelines

By posting on this website you are agreeing to abide by our community guidelines

It looks like no one else has asked this question, so please fill in the rest of your details below.





This will be published. Surnames, nicknames or usernames are not allowed


Your email address will be kept confidential and will NOT be published – it is only being collected here in case Channel 4 need to contact you in relation to your answer.



Please don't swear or be rude in your questions, as they will not be added to the site. Please do not use your full name when posting questions. If in doubt, refer to the community guidelines

Questions submitted to the site will be answered by other site users, not by medical professionals, so if you have a medical concern, please book an appointment with your GP.

By posting on this website you are agreeing to abide by our community guidelines


Important Notice

The information provided on this website (including any NHS Choices medical information) is for use as information or for educational purposes only and is not a substitute for professional medical care by a qualified doctor or other qualified healthcare professional. We do not warrant that any information included within this site will meet your health or medical requirements. This Embarrassing Bodies site does not provide any medical or diagnostic services so you should always check with a health professional if you have any concerns about your health.


If you want to embed our videos in your site, read our embedding T&Cs here


More Information

  1. Consultation: Vaginal Prolapse

    In Videos - Dr Harper examines a woman who has suffered a prolapsed vagina afte…

  2. Consultation: Breast Reconstruction

    In Videos - Dr Jessen treats a breasts cancer survivor who wants to receive an…

  3. Consultation: Enlarged Labia

    In Videos - A woman comes to see Dr McKenna about her enlarged labia.

  4. Consultation: Breast Realignment

    In Videos - Dr McKenna examines a patient who has reached the end of her tether…

  5. Consultation: Painful Penis

    In Videos - Dr Jessen treats a patient whose pleasures in life have been severe…

  6. Consultation: Breast Reduction

    In Videos - A patient comes to see Dr Harper with enormous 36JJ Breasts that ar…

  7. Consultation: Prostate Cancer

    In Videos - Dr Jessen treats a patient whose Prostate Cancer has worsened in re…

  8. Consultation: Gynaecomastia

    In Videos - Dr Jessen treats a man who's rapid weight loss has left him with fo…

  9. We're Coming to Get You!

    In Episodes - The Docs are back, and this time they're coming to get you!

  10. Consultation: Acne Keloidalis

    In Videos - A patient receives treatment for the disfiguring condition Acne Kel…

  11. Consultation: Acne Scarring

    In Videos - A patient comes to see Dr Harper about treatment for the scarring c…

  12. Consultation: Ichthyosis

    In Videos - Dr Harper treats a women for the skin condition Ichthyosis, with am…

  13. Consultation: Urinary Incontinence

    In Videos - Dr Jessen meets a woman whose problem bladder is ruling her life, b…

  14. Dr Pixie McKenna

    In Videos - Find out more about Dr Pixie McKenna

  15. Dr Priya Manickavasagar

    Doctor Info - Find out more about Dr Priya.


Be On Embarrassing Bodies

The clinic is opening again for a new series.
Apply for Embarrassing Bodies >