Urinary & Faecal Incontinence
Urinary incontinence refers to involuntary leakage of urine. Faecal incontinence is the inability to control the leakage of faecal matter and both occur more often in women than in men. The most common cause of bowel incontinence is damage to the muscles around the anus (anal sphincters). Vaginal childbirth can damage the anal sphincters or their nerves, which is why women are affected by accidental bowel leakage about twice as often as men. Although it may be a sensitive topic to discuss, it is often a very treatable condition when an accurate diagnosis of the cause is found.