Bowel problems are much more common than most people think, and bowel incontinence is one of the more distressing bowel problems people can suffer.
Faecal incontinence can range in severity, ranging from passing a small piece of stool when passing wind, through to complete loss of bowel control. But no matter the severity of the problem, bowel incontinence can really damage self-esteem and quality of life.
If you are suffering bowel incontinence, it’s important not to just wear incontinence pads and hope the problem will go away, it’s important to see your doctor to establish the cause, and Kegel exercise to strengthen your pelvic floor. A strong pelvic floor means that your muscles can better support your pelvic organs and help to prevent faecal incontinence.
Bowel Incontinence Symptoms
- Passing a small stool when passing wind
- Complete loss of bowel control
- Stomach pain
- Urinary incontinence
Causes of Bowel Incontinence
- Rectal problems such as constipation, diarrhoea or rectal cancer
- Problems with the sphincter such as muscle damage or damage caused by difficult childbirth
- Nerve damage caused by conditions such as MS, stroke, spina bifida or diabetes
What Can Be Done To Help?
If you are suffering bowel incontinence it’s important to see your doctor to see if there is an underlying cause. It is also important to strengthen your pelvic floor. A major cause of bowel incontinence is weak pelvic muscles and nerve damage in the rectal area and you may find that pelvic floor exercise can improve bowel incontinence or even stop it altogether.
The Kegel8 Ultra 20 works with both a vaginal probe and an anal probe to effectively target the rectal and sphincter muscles as well as the pelvic floor muscles to help with bowel incontinence as well as the usual fantastic Kegel8 Ultra 20 programmes for stress incontinence, urge, prolapse and more.