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Bowel Problems and Urinary Incontinence

by Diane K. Newman, DNP, FAAN, BCB-PMD


I receive many email inquiries about bowel problems, mainly constipation and irritable bowel.


Bladder and Bowel Master SeriesI wrote a book called The Urinary Incontinence Sourcebook that is a comprehensive review of bladder and bowel problems. It contains basic physiological information on the normal functions of the bowels, bladder and urinary tract as well as information on assessment and what to ask your doctor about your urinary incontinence or bowel problems.

The book goes into detail about effective assessment, treatment, and management options, namely dietary modification, behavior modification, pelvic muscle exercises, avoiding bladder irritants; medications, surgical treatments and available devices, catheters and other products.

The following is the chapter on Bowel Irregularity.

Control of urinary incontinence is linked to your bowels. The regularity or irregularity of your bowels has an impact on your bladder and its ability to empty. Many people, especially as they age, tend to be "bowel obsessive." Every year, Americans spend $725 million on laxatives -- drugs to make their bowels move. An integral part of an incontinence history includes a review of a person's bowels and his or her bowel habits. The articles on bowel problems (above) will discuss common dysfunctions that many persons with urinary incontinence may experience: constipation, diarrhea, fecal impaction and fecal incontinence (bowel incontinence).


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Posted October 2007
Updated June 2014


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