What are the symptoms of having fluid in a person's pouch?

What are the symptoms of having fluid in a person's pouch?
Published on, 18 April, 2024. Answered by Dr. Jennifer Richard’s and Verified by Dr.Galen Team
Patient Question

Hello Doctor,


Could the condition of the pouch of Douglas cause any symptoms or issues that I should be aware of?



Thank you for reaching out to Dr. Galen. Please find the below response to your query.


Enlarged Pouch of Douglas (Rectocele):

Occurs when the wall between the uterus and rectum weakens and bulges into the pouch of Douglas.

Can cause pressure or discomfort in the lower abdomen.


Symptoms of an Enlarged Pouch of Douglas:

Difficulty with bowel movements.

Bladder problems like urinary frequency or incontinence.


Inflammation of the Pouch:

Less common but can be caused by infections, including STIs like chlamydia or gonorrhea, or other infections spreading from the uterus or fallopian tubes.

Symptoms may include severe pain in the lower abdomen, fever, chills, and vaginal discharge.




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