Bowel Problems in Women


Women can have problems at either end of the spectrum in regards to bowel function.

Some women have problems with difficulty controlling bowel function while others have problems with constipation.

Both can have equally debilitating and socially isolating.

Why is this occurring?

  • Hormonal changes occurring with menopause
  • Natural process of ageing cause muscles to weaken
  • Childbirth- especially tears that involve/d the back passage
  • Weight gain
  • Repeated heavy lifting
  • Dietary Factors
  • Reduced fluid intake

What are the signs and symptoms?

  • Feeling sudden urge to empty bowel
  • Not making it to the toilet in time to use your bowels
  • Noticing some faecal smearing on underwear
  • Need to repeatedly wipe after using bowels
  • Straining to empty bowels
  • Feeling that you have not completely emptied your bowels and needing to go back shortly after to empty
  • Unexpectedly passing wind

How can we help?

A thorough analysis of your symptoms, bowel habits, diet and fluid intake will be performed to determine the cause of your problems and devise strategies to improve them.

A comprehensive pelvic floor assessment will be undertaken in most cases to ensure your muscles are working effectively to both  enable emptying of your bowels and to control wind and bowel matter. From here an individualised pelvic floor program can be established to address any issues.