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Common bowel problems can include constipation and difficulties emptying the bowel, faecal incontinence, bowel urgency and diarrhoea. Other bowel conditions can include Divertucular Disease, Irritable Bowel Syndrome and Inflammatory Bowel Disease (e.g. Crohn’s and Ulcerative Colitis).
The severity of symptoms varies from person to person and is dependent upon diagnosed condition.
It is thought that 10% adults may experience bowel incontinence, with 1-2 % reporting major symptoms. Constipation affects around 20% of the population. These problems can have a major impact on quality of an individual’s life.
Having said that, it’s important to know that a lot can be done to cure, treat or manage bowel problems which are often difficult to talk about. It’s not an inevitable consequence of ageing. And there is a wide choice of treatments, products and management options available to people. Changes to lifestyle, such as diet and fluids, can significantly improve bowel health.
We have a team of Specialist Nurses and Continence Product Information staff, who can be contacted on the National Confidential Bladder and Bowel UK help line (0161 607 8219) or via email at firstname.lastname@example.org