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What is Faecal Incontinence?

Faecal incontinence may be experienced in women especially after childbirth. It is the inability to control bowel movements, causing stool (feces) to leak unexpectedly from the rectum. This is also called as called bowel incontinence . It ranges from an occasional leakage of stool while passing gas to a complete loss of bowel control.

This is one of the most psychologically and socially debilitating conditions in an otherwise healthy individual. It can lead to social isolation, loss of self-esteem and self-confidence, and depression.

What Causes Faecal Incontinence?

  • Stretching or tearing of muscles or nerves near the rectum during childbirth
  • Diarrhea
  • Certain illnesses such as diabetes, multiple sclerosis, or stroke
  • Gastrointestinal problems, such as inflammatory bowel disease, irritable bowel syndrome, colitis, or cancer of the rectum
  • Rectovaginal fistula
  • Constipation
  • Surgery or radiation therapy to the pelvic area

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   What are the Symptoms?

  • Involuntary leaking of gas, liquid or solid stool
  • Diarrhea
  • A strong or urgent need to have a bowel movement
  • Stool spotting on underwear
  • Constipation                                                                                                                                                                                                                             

Basic precautions to Reduce the effect of Faecal Incontinence    

  • Avoid foods such as Diary products, spicy foods, fatty or greasy foods, caffeinated beverages, diet foods or drinks, sugar-free gum or candy, and alcohol..
  • Eat smaller more frequent meals.. Eating smaller and more frequent meals can reduce the frequency of bowel movements.
  • Increase fiber in the diet. Fiber increases stool bulk and often improves the consistency of stool.

                                                                                                                                                                                                       

Sarah Hussain Urogynecology doctor specialists in diagnosing and treating pelvic floor disorders and “Mrs Sarah Hussain can discuss with you about these types of gynaecological problems”