Fecal incontinence is the inability to control your bowel movements. Also known as “accidental bowel leakage” or “bowel incontinence”, fecal incontinence is much more common than people think. It typically affects 1 in 3 people who regularly see a primary health care provider. Adults over 65 are more likely to suffer from fecal incontinence. It’s also more common in females to suffer from fecal incontinence due to complications during childbirth. According to The Canadian Continence Foundation, 1 in 10 women older than 40, has fecal incontinence. Some menopausal hormone replacement therapy has been linked to incontinence. Although most common in older adults, fecal incontinence can still be a problem for younger adults and children.
For many Canadians, having any sort of incontinence issue can feel shameful and embarrassing. First things first – You need to know that you are not alone. It’s estimated that 3.5 million Canadians (almost 10% of the population) suffer from some form of incontinence. There are many online support groups that you can turn to if you need someone to talk to. After all, it’s far less embarrassing to talk about
an issue with other people who can relate to your experiences and are likely going through the same thing sort of thing. Most importantly, don’t be scared to talk to your doctor; They’ll be able to guide you in the right direction for managing your symptoms and ensuring that you can live as comfortably as possible.
As your parents get older, you may find that their ability to care for themselves has eroded, and perhaps you’re not quite ready to have them live in a nursing home. Many adult children of elderly parents opt to provide as much care as possible, at least for as long as they can manage. This can be an extremely fulfilling endeavor, but it can also be a great deal of work and responsibility. Hopefully, this article helps address some of the initial concerns and potential issues that can arise, and how to deal with those issues affectively, without sacrificing your own mental and physical health.