Many women let their embarrassment stop them from talking to their doctor
about fecal incontinence because they feel humiliated and don’t realize how common it is among women. Many women suffer from loss of control of their bowels, which can cause unexpected fecal leaks (mild) to complete loss of control of the bowels (severe). Don’t let fecal incontinence lower the quality of your life and mental well-being. You are not alone; don’t wait to talk to one of our doctors about this manageable issue.
How do I know if I have Fecal Incontinence?
Let’s be honest, fecal incontinence is embarrassing and you know when you’re experiencing something abnormal, which is why we are here to help you resolve this issue in a private and sensitive manner. But, to clear up any doubts, if you find it hard to make it to the bathroom in time or you find stool in your underwear, or if you can’t control the passing of gas, you may have fecal incontinence.
How did I get Fecal Incontinence?
Women who have given birth vaginally tend to experience Fecal Incontinence due to strain put on the muscles and nerves at the end of the rectum. At a young age, these muscles and nerves are able to handle this strain, however, as you age, these same muscles and nerves weaken and can this weakening can lead to fecal incontinence. Chronic constipation and gastrointestinal problems like inflammatory bowel disease, irritable bowel syndrome, or colitis can contribute to Fecal Incontinence as well.
What is the treatment for Fecal Incontinence?
You might be asking yourself, “Why did this happen to me?” We know that Fecal Incontinence can be debilitating because it so greatly affects your normal life. You may not want to leave your house because of being worried about embarrassing situations and smells. We are here to tell you that many women experience Fecal Incontinence and that while it might be difficult for you to discuss, it’s easy for us to fix. We offer many treatments that will get back on your feet and out into the world again, doing the things you love, worry-free!