Bowel leakage is a topic most women don’t like to talk about. It can be embarrassing and many assume their friends or family wouldn’t understand. They suffer in silence or try to tolerate it rather than seek treatment from a doctor.
In reality, this is a very common this condition. In fact, the National Institutes of Health estimate 1 in 10 women experience bowel leakage.
What Causes Bowel Incontinence?
When the muscles on the pelvic floor become weak or injured some women may experience leakage of gas, liquid stool or feces.
Injury during childbirth is one of the most common causes. These injuries may cause a separation in the anal muscles and decrease in muscle strength. The nerves supplying the anal muscles may also be injured. While some injuries may be recognized immediately following childbirth, many others may go unnoticed and not become a problem until later in life. In these situations, past childbirth may not be recognized as the cause of incontinence.
Treating Female Bowel Incontinence
Talking to your doctor is the first step in treatment. After a careful history, examination and testing to determine the cause and severity of the problem treatment can be addressed. Some mild problems may be treated very simply with dietary changes and the use of some constipating medications.
Or your physician also may recommend simple home exercises that may strengthen the anal muscles. In other cases, biofeedback can be used to help patients sense when stool is ready to be evacuated and help strengthen the muscles.
At Colon and Rectal Specialists we may also recommend InToneMV to help some patients.
What is InToneMV?
InToneMV is a non-surgical solution for women living with incontinence. InToneMV was designed to strengthen and improve the coordination of the muscles of the pelvic floor which helps avoid bowel leakage.
InToneMV is affordable and treatments can be done in the privacy of your own home.
Treatments combines a series of voice-guided pelvic floor exercises, visual biofeedback and muscle stimulation provides you an in-home treatment option unlike any other treatment. The results of your home-based sessions are recorded for your CRS physician to review at follow-up visits.
See the video below to learn more about this new treatment option for fecal incontinence then find out how InToneMV will even guarantee your success.
If you are experiencing bowel incontinence, don’t wait to get help. Contact us for an appointment to discuss treatment options. You’ll be glad you did.