Doctor Oz said that the majority of patients who suffer from Fecal Incontinence, also called Anal Incontinence or Rectal Incontinence, are too embarrassed to tell their doctors. Women are twice as likely to have Fecal Incontinence, and in fact Dr Oz said that 70% of the population has it… so if you have it, you are not alone! Dr Oz also said that it happens most commonly when a woman is in her 40′s. Here is what Dr Oz said about what Fecal Incontinence is, why it happens and what we can do about it.
What is Fecal Incontinence?
Dr Oz said that Fecal Incontinence is kind of like urinary incontinence, but on the back side. The sphincter muscles can get torn or damaged when giving birth for example. Dr Oz said that in folks with dementia, the same thing can happen with the nerves that go to the gut (just like the nerves that go to the brain), and this can cause you to become incontinent.
Dr Oz did a demonstration to show that the sphincter is a big, strong and tense muscle that is used to keep your feces inside until you push it out. However, if the sphincter gets ripped or softens, then everything can come pouring out and no matter how hold you try, you won’t be able to keep it in.
Dr Oz said that food consistency is important because of how it can change the consistency of your feces. Here is a list of helpful and harmful foods for people with Fecal Incontinence.
Fecal Incontinence: Helpful Foods
- Brown Rice
- Whole Wheat Bread
Fecal Incontinence: Harmful Foods
- Processed Foods
Dr Oz said that foods with fiber give you consistency within your bowel movements. On the bad side are goods that people all to often have, like carbonated beverages, processed meats (which have nitrates), and artificial sweeteners (which can stimulate your bowels to move).
Managing Fecal Incontinence
1. Anti-Diarrhea Tablets
2. Super Absorbent Pads
3. Oral Fecal Deodorant
Dr Oz said that Oral Fecal Deodorant is an internal deodorant that reduces the smell of your feces. This is only for temporary relief though, so that you won’t be embarrassed to go out because people might smell feces.
Dr Oz said that yo should talk to your doctor about this problem though, because there are operations that can help tighten your sphincter muscles. Also, you want to avoid straining during bowel movements. Taking laxatives though can also damage the nerves, so I am not sure what Dr Oz would recommend for people who strain too much… perhaps more fiber? If you have fecal incontinence, leave a comment below to embolden everyone to not be embarrassed about this condition anymore!