How to Stop Bowel Leakage?
To most people, not being able to trust and control their body is devastating.
In fact, anyone who has had to deal with bowel leakage knows that both the physical and psychological consequences tend to limit peoples' lives and prevent them from doing what they want. Fortunately, there is help available.
The first step includes lifestyle changes and medication, however this may not suffice to help everyone with bowel leakage. Sometimes containment products – such as pads or rectal plugs – is needed to control leakage. A rectal plug may feel intimidating, but using it as a rectal seal that keeps the stool in place presents certain extra advantages, such as reducing the risk of smell and getting skin issues.
If further treatments are needed, an option is bowel irrigation, also called transanal irrigation (TAI). It is a minimal invasive method to effectively empty the bowel by introducing lukewarm water into the rectum, through a rectal catheter or cone.
Treatment with bowel irrigation, sometimes also called transanal irrigation (TAI), is an option when other treatments like medications, diet changes and fluids have not helped.
Here we explore our best tips and tricks for anyone starting their bowel care journey.