About the Condition
Fecal incontinence often called accidental bowel leakage, is the inability to control bowel movements, resulting in leakage of solid or liquefied stool. Symptoms of this chronic condition – which affects about 6% of women under age 40, and 15% of older women in the United States – ranges from moderate to socially debilitating. While men also suffer from fecal incontinence, it’s more far common among women due to their reproductive anatomy and hormonal changes during menopause.
- Dietary modification
- Pelvic Floor Physical Therapy
- Medtronic Interstim Therapy This is a small device that’s implanted under the skin. It stimulates the sacral nerves with a mild electric current to help bowels and rectum function properly.
- Bulking agents. These are gels injected into the anus to bulk up tissue around the anus, thereby narrowing the opening and facilitating better closure of the sphincter muscles.