Conditions treated at World of Women
Bowel issues refer to problems with passing stools. This may lead to the unwanted passage of stool, called faecal incontinence. This can be stressful to deal with. But don’t feel embarrassed about talking to your health care professional, as help is available.
For the bowel to function correctly, certain nerves in your body need to control the right muscles, instructing them when to contract and to release in order to allow faeces to be eliminated when you want them to. This happens when the muscles within the rectum and anus help control your bowels and sphincter muscles control or release your stool.
Bowel incontinence can be caused due to diarrhoea, constipation, damage to the nervous system from disease or injury, rectum bulging down into the anus.
The bulging or slippage of one or more pelvic organs into or out of the vagina. The pelvic organs consist of the uterus, vagina, bowel, and bladder. Pelvic organ prolapse occurs when the muscles, ligaments and fascia that hold these organs in their correct positions,weaken.
It is estimated that 40% women are affected although only 10 to 20% of them are symptomatic.
Some of the risk factors for prolapse are pregnancy & childbirth, ageing & menopause, genetics, hypermobility, and conditions that cause excessive strain on the pelvic floor like obesity, chronic cough, chronic constipation, heavy lifting and straining.