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.