Up to 24% of the population are affected, although the figure is likely to be higher because of underreporting of the issue.
This is the involuntary passage of fecal matter through the anus or the inability to control the discharge of bowel contents. Its severity can range from gas sneaking out uncontrollably to a full leakage of the bowel contents and up to 24% of the population are affected, although the figure is likely to be higher because of underreporting of the issue. Naturally, this has a significant impact on the patient’s quality of life, relationships, social life and mental health.
Mothers are also at risk of developing FI.
Faecal incontinence often coincides with other pelvic floor, pelvic or abdominal health problems, like constipation, prolapse or urinary incontinence. Treatment strategies will depend on type of incontinence (fecal, flatus, overflow, urgency, stress, passive or coital). The International Consultation of Continence (ICI) recommend conservative options prior surgical intervention. This will often include education, counselling, lifestyle modifications, dietary interventions and pelvic floor manual therapy. A period of at least 6 weeks supervised pelvic floor muscle training is the gold standard approach. At Anatomy Physiotherapy, Suzanne takes a holistic approach, listening to your story, taking a detailed assessment which often involves a vaginal and rectal examination, to enable optimal patient management treatment options.