Most people do not like to admit that they are unable to hold stools in the body. This condition usually means that the urge to go to the bathroom comes at inopportune times, which can be messy and embarrassing. A visit with the doctor may put you in the right direction with what to do next. Gastrointestinal Associates serves the Lima, OH, area for all its digestive needs, including fecal incontinence.
What are some causes of fecal incontinence?
Some of the reasons for fecal incontinence include lack of exercise, vaginal delivery of a child, chronic diseases of the digestive tract, constipation, and hemorrhoids.
Some foods and habits to avoid if you have fecal incontinence are:
- Fatty, greasy, and fried foods
- Excessive alcohol intake
- Overconsumption of caffeine
- Artificial sweeteners, especially ones that end in “ol” like Xylitol
- High FODMAP foods like apples and pears
Treating fecal incontinence
A good habit to develop is a food diary. This diary can be an old-fashioned notebook or something more technologically savvy; still, recording what you ate and how it made you feel shortly afterward goes a long way in determining which foods serve as personal triggers.
Other techniques include warm sitz baths to keep the area clean and soothing, as well as wearing adult protective pads in the underwear.
Exercises that help
Doctors recommend Kegel exercises for both men and women to strengthen the pelvic floor. To do Kegels, practice over the toilet. When you urinate, squeeze your muscles to stop yourself, and keep repeating this action until done relieving yourself. This exercise will tone the whole sacral area, including the anus.
Hip thrusts are another way to help tighten the muscles. Lie on the floor with your knees bent, pointing toward the ceiling. Push your hips up into the air as high as you go, and release after one count. Relax. Doing several of these a day can quickly strengthen your anus and rectum.
Need more information concerning fecal incontinence? Contact Gastrointestinal Associates in Lima, OH, at (419) 227-8209 for a consultation.