Bowel disorders refer to issues with bowel movements. Having bowel problems is certainly not easy, and often times are embarrassing to discuss, even with your provider. It is important to discuss your concerns with your health care provider so you may get the help and treatment you deserve. Fecal (stool) and gas incontinence and constipation are common conditions that are evaluated and treated at Pelican Health.
- Fecal and gas incontinence is the inability to control gas or a bowel movement. More than 5.5 million Americans have fecal incontinence. It affects people of all ages–children as well as adults. Fecal incontinence occurs either when you feel the urge to have a bowel movement and are unable to hold it until you can get to a toilet or when stool may leak from the rectum unexpectedly.
- Constipation refers to the inability to have bowel movements on a normal schedule without excessive straining. Medical evaluation can help determine the primary cause of constipation. In some cases constipation is associated with pelvic floor muscle problems. The ‘pelvic floor’ refers to a group of muscles that attach to the front, back, and sides of the pelvic bone and sacrum (the large bone at the bottom of your spine just above the tailbone). These muscles support the organs in the pelvis including the bladder, uterus or prostate, and rectum. They also wrap around the urethra, rectum, and vagina (in women). When the muscles of the pelvic floor are not working properly, bowel disorders often occur.