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Bowel Dysfunction

Bowel incontinence is the inability to control your bowels. When you feel the urge to have a bowel movement, you may not be able to hold it until you get to a toilet. Millions of Americans have this problem. It affects people of all ages - children and adults. It is more common in women and older adults. It is not a normal part of aging.

Causes include
  • Constipation
  • Damage to muscles or nerves of the anus and rectum
  • Diarrhea
  • Pelvic support problems
Treatments include changes in diet, medicines, bowel training, or surgery.

Source: National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases

Related Links:

OSUMC Patient Education Handout on Constipation

OSUMC Patient Education Handout on High-Fiber Diet

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