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Is bowel incontinence common?

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Dr. Joshua Katz
Surgery - Colorectal
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In brief: Fecal Incontinence

Fecal incontinence is estimated to occurs in some 5% of the population.
The most common cause in the United States is the trauma of vaginal childbirth, particularly if a tear occurred or if a posterior midline episiotomy was performed. It is often not brought by patients and not asked about by doctors. It is treatable and manageable in most cases, with attention to diet, meals, a bowel journal.

In brief: Fecal Incontinence

Fecal incontinence is estimated to occurs in some 5% of the population.
The most common cause in the United States is the trauma of vaginal childbirth, particularly if a tear occurred or if a posterior midline episiotomy was performed. It is often not brought by patients and not asked about by doctors. It is treatable and manageable in most cases, with attention to diet, meals, a bowel journal.
Dr. Joshua Katz
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Dr. Denise Elser
Gynecology

In brief: Not rare

Still a topic that people are afraid to talk even to docs about, so real #s are underestimated.
Bowel control is complex and can be affected by consipation, diarrhea, any nerve damage to the lower rectum, pelvic muscle tone, diabetes, neuropathy, spinal stenosis, overall activity level, weight and diet can all play a role.

In brief: Not rare

Still a topic that people are afraid to talk even to docs about, so real #s are underestimated.
Bowel control is complex and can be affected by consipation, diarrhea, any nerve damage to the lower rectum, pelvic muscle tone, diabetes, neuropathy, spinal stenosis, overall activity level, weight and diet can all play a role.
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