What is fecal incontinence?
Take the steps to stop incontinence
- 1. Talk to your doctor about unwanted leaks.
- 2. Learn why you are having this problem.
- 3. Get treatment and see results in 2 to 3 weeks.
In the U.S., about 8 percent of adults have fecal incontinence.
Fecal incontinence is more common in older women, but it can happen at any age. You are more likely to have fecal incontinence if you also have:
- A need to rush to the bathroom suddenly (urgency)
- Nervous system conditions
- Vaginal childbirth that damaged the skin, muscles, or nerves of the vagina or rectum
There are a few reasons why fecal incontinence happens:
- You don’t feel when the rectum is almost full.
- The muscles and nerves that hold the stool inside are weakened or damaged.
Treatment options can include therapy, medications or surgery.
The road to treatment starts with talking to your primary care provider. You may then be referred to a specialist like a gastroenterologist, urogynecologist or colorectal surgeon.
Treating Incontinence at Woman’s
Woman’s has a comprehensive team of experts, including gynecologists, urologists and therapists, committed to helping you gain control over your pelvic floor muscles.
For more information or to schedule a private therapy consultation, please contact our patient navigator:
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