RECTOVAGINAL FISTULA

A rectovaginal fistula is an abnormal connection between the lower portion of your large intestine — your rectum — and your vagina.

Bowel contents can leak through the fistula, allowing gas or stool to pass through your vagina.

A rectovaginal fistula may result from:

• Injury during childbirth

• Crohn’s disease or other inflammatory bowel disease

• Radiation treatment or cancer in the pelvic area

• Complication following surgery in the pelvic area

RECTOVAGINAL FISTULA

The condition may cause emotional distress and physical discomfort, which can impact self-esteem and intimacy. Talk with your doctor if you have signs and symptoms of a rectovaginal fistula, even if it’s embarrassing. Some rectovaginal fistulas may close on their own, but most need surgical repair.