How to Avoid Painful Bowels

Painful bowel movements can be caused by a few different factors, most commonly Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS) or diet. People suffering from constipation may have painful bowel movements, which can be caused by stress, certain medications, dairy, diet, or not drinking enough water. Women who are pregnant or have given birth may also experience painful bowel movements.

Some ways to avoid painful bowel movements include changing your diet or taking mild over-the-counter stool softeners. Constipation can be linked to painful bowel movements. Some patients with constipation will also have bowel incontinence, or leaking, which is more common in older adults. Constipation can cause the anus and intestinal muscles to stretch and weaken, leading to diarrhea or bowel leakage. One tip for avoiding painful bowel movements is to keep a food and drink journal to see if anything could be exacerbating the pain.

Painful bowel movements, constipation, and bowel incontinence can all be isolating health concerns. Patients may feel alone or embarrassed to discuss it but there is help available.

The Incontinence Institute offers options for treatment based on your individual condition, which may include bowel surgery. Contact us or feel free to call our discreet, professional Medical Concierge at 800-771-1953 if you have questions or to set up an appointment.


About The Incontinence Institute

At the Incontinence Institute, our team of healthcare providers understand the physical and mental trials that accompany living with urinary or bowel incontinence. Because of this, we are sensitive to your situation and treat all of our patients with the utmost respect and concern for discretion.

Individual incontinence conditions, treatment and recovery times may vary. Each patient's experience with incontinence procedures and / or surgery will differ. All surgical procedures involve some level of risk. If directed to pursue surgery by your physician, prompt action is advised, as waiting may reduce the efficacy of surgical treatment. The opinions expressed in patient testimonials are by patients only; they are not qualified medical professionals. These opinions should not be relied upon as, or in place of, the medical advice of a licensed doctor, etc.

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