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Menopause FAQs: Incontinence explains how menopause may result in increased difficulty with bladder and bowel control, so choose to get help.

Menopause

Is there an association between menopause and increased difficulty with bladder and bowel control?

In Menopause: Common Symptoms the Continence Foundation of Australia note:

Menopause FAQs: Incontinence“Menopause is a time of change in a woman’s life. One of the changes many women notice is increased difficulty with bladder and bowel control”.

Symptoms

What are the most common menopause bladder and bowel symptoms?

In Menopause: Common Symptoms the Continence Foundation of Australia elaborate on:

“Passing urine frequently and rushing to the toilet (urgency) to pass urine are the most common symptoms. Other symptoms include:

  • Leakage of urine with coughs, sneezes, or exercise
  • Leakage of urine on the way to the toilet
  • Getting up twice or more overnight to pass urine
  • Frequent urinary tract infections
  • Rushing to the toilet to open bowels
  • Being unable to control wind, and
  • Constipation”.

DiaryMenopause FAQs: Incontinence

May keeping a diary be helpful?

Yes. In Talking To Your Doctor the (United States) National Association for Continence elaborate on:

“By keeping a bladder or bowel diary, you are not only educating and informing yourself, you are assuming responsibility for playing a role in getting diagnosed correctly”.

Helpline

May some Countries have a national continence/incontinence Helpline?

Yes. Your Country may have a Helpline similar to the Continence Foundation of Australia’s Continence Helpline.

Health Care Provider

Can incontinence be improved?

Yes. In Health After Menopause: Incontinence the (Australian) Jean Hailes for Women’s Health encourage us to seek help:

“Incontinence is not something to be embarrassed about; it is a very common problem that you do not have to tolerate. In many cases, it can be improved with pelvic floor physiotherapy by a continence nurse or pelvic floor physiotherapist”.

Menopause FAQs

Where may I find more menopause FAQs?

Menopause FAQs: IncontinenceIn Menopause FAQs: Expert Answers To Frequently Asked Questions About Menopause you may find Menopause FAQS: Menopause Symptoms where the NAMS explain:

“Women going through the menopause transition often experience one or more menopause-related symptoms. You want to make sure that your symptoms are normally caused by menopause or may be signs of something else, such as a thyroid disorder, depression, a side effect of medication, or just normal aging. Get the straight story on your symptoms from our expert advisors and put your mind at ease”.

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“Incontinence can range in severity from
a small leak to complete loss of
bladder or bowel control”. Read more

“You should not ignore these problems because without help, they rarely go away and usually get worse over time”.1

Umbrella

What may the Bowel Incontinence Umbrella include?

Depending on the Source (DotS) this Umbrella may include:

  • Accidental Bowel Leakage
  • Anal Incontinence
  • Bowel Continence
  • Bowel Control Problems
  • Bowel Incontinence
  • Faecal/Fecal Incontinence
  • Incontinence (Bowel/Faecal/Fecal)
  • Poor Bowel Control

Incontinence

What is incontinence?

DotS the definition of incontinence may vary. The International Foundation for Functional Gastrointestinal Disorder’s (IFFGD) definition is:

““Incontinence” is the word used to describe loss of control over when and where we go to the bathroom”.2

Bowel Incontinence

What is bowel incontinence?

DotS the definition of bowel incontinence may vary. The IFFGD’s definition is:

“Bowel incontinence occurs when the loss of control of gas, liquid stool, or solid stool is enough to cause discomfort or distress. Incontinence is a sign that something is wrong – some part of the bowel control system is not working as it should”.3

The (United States) National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases (NIDDK) definition is:

“Fecal incontinence, also called accidental bowel leakage, is the accidental passing of bowel movements—including solid stools, liquid stools, or mucus—from your anus”.4

Common or Not

How common is bowel incontinence?

In the United States, according to the NIDDK:

“Medical experts consider fecal incontinence a common problem, affecting about 1 in 3 people who see a primary health care provider”.5

Menopause

Is there an association between bowel incontinence and menopause?

In Women: Menopause the Continence Foundation of Australia note:

Bowel Incontinence

“Menopause is a time of change in a woman’s life. One of the changes that many women notice is increased difficulty with bladder and bowel control”.6

Coping

What can help coping with bowel incontinence?

In Bowel Control Problems (Fecal Incontinence): Treatment of Fecal Incontinence – How Do I Cope With My Fecal Incontinence? the NIDDK explain:

“Doing the following can help you cope with your fecal incontinence:

  • Using the toilet before leaving home
  • Carrying a bag with cleanup supplies and a change of clothes when leaving the house
  • Finding public restrooms before one is needed
  • Wearing absorbent pads inside your underwear
  • Wearing disposable underwear
  • Using fecal deodorants—over-the-counter pills that reduce the smell of stool and gas
  • Taking over-the-counter medicines to help prevent diarrhea before eating in restaurants or at social gatherings”.7

Treatment

What is the first step in treating bowel incontinence?

In Bowel Control Problems (Fecal Incontinence): Treatment of Fecal Incontinence the NIDDK elaborate on:

“The first step in treating your fecal incontinence is to see a doctor. Your doctor will talk to you about the causes of fecal incontinence and how they can be treated. Simple treatments—such as diet changes, medicines, bowel training, and exercises to strengthen your pelvic floor muscles—can improve symptoms by about 60 percent. These treatments can stop fecal incontinence in 1 out of 5 people”.8

Helpline

May some Countries have a national continence/incontinence Helpline?

Yes. Your Country may have a Helpline similar to the Continence Foundation of Australia’s Continence Helpline.

Toilet Maps, Cards or Apps

May some Countries have toilet maps, cards or Apps?

Yes. Your Country may have a toilet map similar to Australia’s National Public Toilet Map which:

“The National Public Toilet Map provides information on over 19,000 facilities across Australia, including toilets, adult change and baby change. Where available, information on accessibility, opening hours and amenities, such as showers and sharps disposal are included”.9

Or your Country may have a card or App similar to the (United Kingdom) Bladder & Bowel Community’s (B&B) free Just Can’t Wait toilet card.

Health Care Provider

What if I think I have bowel incontinence?

If you think you have bowel incontinence, it may be in your best interest to talk to your health care provider about this.

In Bowel Problems, Conditions & Symptoms the B&B explain:

“The first and most important point to remember is that everyone with a bowel problem can be helped and many can be completely cured”.10

The Continence Foundation of Australia encourage us to seek help and explain:

“You should not ignore these problems because without help, they rarely go away and usually get worse over time. They can interfere with work, social activities, as well as sexual and personal relationships”.11

In Bowel Incontinence: Overview – When To Get Medical Advice the (United Kingdom) NHS (National Health Service) also note:

“See a GP if you have difficulty controlling your bowels. Don’t be embarrassed about talking to someone about it.

Remember that:

  • It’s not something to be ashamed of
  • It’s common and GPs are used to seeing people with it
  • It’s not something you have to put up with
  • It probably won’t get better on its own
  • It can be treated”.12

Who is a GP?

DotS and/or DotC (Depending on the Country) a GP may be a qualified and registered general practitioner, a medical practitioner, a medical doctor or a doctor.

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  1. Women: Menopause – Symptoms. Last Updated: 30 October 2020. Last Reviewed: 01 April 2020. Continence Foundation of Australia https://www.continence.org.au/who-it-affects/women/menopause Accessed: 11 February 2021
  2. What Is Incontinence? Last Updated: 08 November 2016. International Foundation for Functional Gastrointestinal Disorders https://aboutincontinence.org/what-is-incontinence.html Accessed: 11 February 2021
  3. What Is Incontinence? Last Updated: 08 November 2016. International Foundation for Functional Gastrointestinal Disorders https://aboutincontinence.org/what-is-incontinence.html Accessed: 11 February 2021
  4. Bowel Control Problems (Fecal Incontinence): Definition & Facts of Faecal Incontinence – What Is Fecal Incontinence? July 2017. National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases https://www.niddk.nih.gov/health-information/digestive-diseases/bowel-control-problems-fecal-incontinence/definition-facts Accessed: 11 February 2021
  5. Bowel Control Problems (Fecal Incontinence): Definition & Facts of Faecal Incontinence – How Common Is Fecal Incontinence? July 2017. National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases https://www.niddk.nih.gov/health-information/digestive-diseases/bowel-control-problems-fecal-incontinence/definition-facts Accessed: 11 February 2021
  6. Women: Menopause. Last Updated: 30 October 2020. Last Reviewed: 01 April 2020. Continence Foundation of Australia https://www.continence.org.au/who-it-affects/women/menopause Accessed: 11 February 2021
  7. Bowel Control Problems (Fecal Incontinence): Treatment of Fecal Incontinence – How Do I Cope With Fecal Incontinence? July 2017. National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases https://www.niddk.nih.gov/health-information/digestive-diseases/bowel-control-problems-fecal-incontinence/treatment Accessed: 11 February 2021
  8. Bowel Control Problems (Fecal Incontinence): Treatment of Faecal Incontinence. July 2017. National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases https://www.niddk.nih.gov/health-information/digestive-diseases/bowel-control-problems-fecal-incontinence/treatment Accessed: 11 February 2021
  9. Welcome To the National Public Toilet Map. National Continence Program https://toiletmap.gov.au/ Accessed: 11 February 2021
  10. Bowel Problems, Conditions & Symptoms. Bladder & Bowel Community https://www.bladderandbowel.org/bowel/bowel-problems/ Accessed: 11 February 2021
  11. Women: Menopause – Symptoms. Last Updated: 30 October 2020. Last Reviewed: 01 April 2020. Continence Foundation of Australia https://www.continence.org.au/who-it-affects/women/menopause Accessed: 11 February 2021
  12. Bowel Incontinence: Overview – When To Get Medical Advice. Page Last Reviewed: 02 February 2018. NHS (National Health Service, England) https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/bowel-incontinence/#when-to-get-medical-advice Accessed: 11 February 2021

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