Rockledge, Florida

Marja Sprock, M.D., FACOG, FPMRS Board Certified
Fellowship Trained Urogynecologist

Now Accepting New Patients      Phone:  321-806-3929

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Stool or Bowel Incontinence
By Marja Sprock, M.D. FACOG, FPMRS Board Certified

“You are a genius”. That is great to hear, I certainly do not get that compliment at home, however more important is the 42 year old patient, who complimented me, has her dignity back.

Carolyn used to have a bowel movement 4-5 times a day, without much or any warning. She had very frequent incontinence episodes. Helped by modern technology she had made pictures on her I-pad for her initial consultation showing me how she had spoiled herself the day before. Definitely not something she planned on putting on Facebook.

It is already difficult enough to hide an accident with urine, let alone with feces. The color and the smell, will not allow much time and dignity.

It is hard to believe, there are millions of people battling this problem. It has been estimated to affect 1-2% of the population over 40 years. Recently we have made progress in not only recognizing the problem, but also the treatments available.

There are numerous causes of fecal incontinence, which also makes the treatment vary.

Some people are impacted with stool and are bothered by spurious diarrhea. They often exacerbate their problem by ingesting anti-diarrhea medication. Once the real problem is treated by changing diet and or adding daily medications securing regular normally formed bowel movements, there suddenly is no more diarrhea. Just because you have never been regular and “naturally” have a bowel movement twice a week, does not make this a normal, healthy habit; you are without a doubt constipated. Unless you eat twice a week, you should strive for daily bowel movements.

Diseases as diabetes or excessive alcohol consumption can be associated with autonomic neuropathy, or trouble with the nerves holding and recognizing the presence of stool. Alcohol also tends to make the stool looser, which makes it more difficult to hold.

Injury to the internal or external anal sphincter, important in recognizing and holding stool may be caused by trauma, childbirth or anorectal surgery. Injury to the internal anal sphincter often leads to leakage of mucus and fecal staining, requiring the use of a pad and never feeling quite fresh and clean.

Neuropathy of the sphincter and pelvic floor muscles, which was one of the reasons Carolyn had limited control over her stool can be caused by spinal diseases or injury, stroke or childbirth.

Some cancers can also be a reason for sudden fecal incontinence and it is a good idea to have a colonoscopy done as part of the work-up of the stool loss problem. Radiation treatment or surgery of some colorectal cancers may invoke involuntary stool loss.

Irritable and inflammatory bowel diseases are also common reasons for incontinence.

Multiple causes require a thorough work-up and numerous different treatment options. Also every patient is different and brings a unique situation. Often patients have more than one reason for their bowel incontinence.

There are treatments available which may make me look like a genius, others are just common sense and would require a small adjustment or therapy. The experience of bowel incontinence is often embarrassing and causes anxiety and apprehension for a future episode to occur. Do not hide inside your home; seek help, so you can continue to enjoy life. Some treatments only require several office visits, others use of medication, surgery or nerve stimulation. Also visit the bathroom 30 minutes after breakfast; it is the best time to try to have a bowel movement. Have a cup of coffee on me with your breakfast, it may not be the suggestion you expect of a genius, but it does help.

Marja Sprock, MD is board certified in female pelvic medicine and reconstructive surgery (urogynecology) and treats numerous women for involuntary loss of stool. Call 321-806-3929 for an appointment or check us out at  

"Central Florida UroGynecology where high tech and common sense meet"

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101 Eyster Boulevard, Rockledge, FL 32955

Phone 321-806-3929

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