Gynecologic Health

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Is rectal incontinence also a common issue?

Premier Health’s Dr. Jerome Yaklic discusses rectal incontinence, an issue that may co-occur with urinary incontinence. Click play to watch the video or read the transcript.


Many of the reasons that contribute to urinary incontinence in women may also result in rectal incontinence (also known as fecal or bowel incontinence). The effects of pregnancy, childbirth and the loss of estrogen that comes with aging are not isolated to the muscles and tissues that control urine elimination. The muscles that control the rectum may be weakened as well.

Many of the treatments that are effective in reducing the symptoms of urinary incontinence work for rectal incontinence as well, such as:

  • Biofeedback
  • Sacral nerve stimulation

Although bowel training focuses on different muscles and urges, the concept is the same as for bladder training—scheduling trips to the toilet to regain control of elimination.

Talk to your doctor for more information and to start treatment for rectal incontinence.

Learn more:

Source: Rashmi Bolinjkar, MD, Upper Valley Womens Center; Jeremy Crouch, MD, Womens Health Specialists and Midwives of Dayton; Heather Hilkowitz, MD, Hilltop Obstetrics and Gynecology; Amanda Fox, CNP, Dulan and Moore Dulan Family Wellness Center; Kathryn Lorenz, MD, Hyatt Family Care; William Rush, MD, Lifestages Samaritan Centers for Women; Jerome Yaklic, MD, Wright State Physicians Obstetrics and Gynecology; Mansi Amin, DO, SureCare Medical Center; Amy Renshaw, MD, Center for Womens Health and Wellness; J. Scott Bembry, Premier OB/GYN; L. William Rettig, III, MD,Lifestages Centers for Women; Elyse Weber, PA, Lifestages Centers for Women; Rhonda Washington, MD, Center for Womens Health and Wellness; Stacy Hudepohl, CNM, Center for Womens Health and Wellness; Larry Holland, DO, Premier Womens Center

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