Bowel Control Issues and How Advanced Gynecology Can Help
Bowel control issues are commonly referred to as fecal incontinence or bowel incontinence. This could involve several things, including diarrhea or the inability to hold it in when you feel the need to go to the bathroom. Some who suffer from fecal incontinence have issues with occasional leakage (for example, when passing gas, laughing, or sneezing), while other, more severe cases result in the loss of control of bowel movements altogether.
People who suffer from bowel incontinence can feel like their life has been taken over by it. They miss important social gatherings or time at work, and they can even have their sleep affected by it. It is an embarrassing affliction that can have life-damaging effects, which is why it is best to recognize it and seek help as soon as possible. Embarrassing as it may be to discuss, there is help out there for you! By being open and honest, you can find the right treatment plan and start taking your life back.
What Causes Bowel Incontinence?
There isn’t one known cause for bowel incontinence. Generally, it happens to adults, but it is not a symptom of aging.
Some of the factors that can cause bowel incontinence include:
• Damage to rectal muscles that makes it difficult to hold stool in.
• Nerve damage that can affect the function of the rectum; this could be caused by injury, disease, or even childbirth.
• Constipation, or the formation of hard stool, which can lead to liquid stool leaking out.
• Hemorrhoids that don’t allow your sphincter to close fully.
• Loss of storage in the rectum.
If you have had hemorrhoids, you may be wondering: can hemorrhoids cause urinary problems? It is possible for hemorrhoids to cause urinary issues as well. There is a close relationship between the apparatus that controls urinary movement and bowel movement. Hemorrhoids, which can be caused by constipation, can also lead to urinary issues from constipation. When you are unable to completely void your stool, there could be added pressure on the bladder, leading to urinary incontinence. Surgery to remove hemorrhoids can lead to problems with voiding the bladder.
What Foods Cause Bowel Leakage?
If you are having issues with bowel incontinence, you might consider what foods cause bowel leakage. To figure this out, your doctor might recommend that you keep a diary of everything you eat each day. Even after just a few days of doing this, you might find some clues as to what is causing your bowel incontinence. If your bowel incontinence is related to diarrhea, it might be because of the following:
• Alcoholic beverages.
• Caffeinated beverages.
• Dairy products.
• Fatty or greasy food.
• Anything containing fructose.
• Fruits like apples, pears, or peaches.
• Spicy food.
• Candy, gum, or drinks that contain artificial sweeteners.
In some cases, changing your diet can greatly diminish your symptoms.
What Foods Help With Bowel Incontinence?
Similarly, there are foods that can help reduce bowel incontinence symptoms. While there are specifics foods and supplements that can help, some of the biggest impacts can come from lifestyle changes. For starters, you will want to include more fruits and vegetables in your diet. You might also want to consider a fiber supplement. It is also essential to drink plenty of fluids every day.
You may want to change the way you eat. For example, instead of taking three big meals, try cutting it down to five or six smaller meals throughout the day.
You will also want to make sure that you get plenty of exercise. Generally, it is recommended that you get at least 2 ½ hours of rigorous exercise per week. In conversations with your doctor, you may also want to ask about bowel training and whether it’s right for you.
What to Expect When You Visit Your Doctor
If you suspect that you are suffering from bowel incontinence, your doctor is going to want to run a series of tests. Many of these tests are simple enough and are used to measure the strength of your rectum. However, your doctor might have to perform a colonoscopy to gather more information. This is a minimally invasive exam that will have you in and out of the doctor’s office on the same day.
How Can Advanced Gynecology Help?
At Advanced Gynecology, we have a board-certified group of women’s health experts who can answer any question you have. We offer diagnostic services and treatment plans to help get your life back on track. We listen to each patient and come up with treatment plans on an individual basis.
For more information, please schedule an appointment today or call one of our patient coordinators to get started. It’s your life, and it’s time to take it back.