Faecal incontinence may affect one in five women

FAECAL incontinence may affect up to one in five adult women in the community, according to Australian research.

Women who have had children were not at greater risk of having the condition, the researchers from Monash University found.

The highest proportion of any faecal incontinence occurred in women with a parity of four or greater, but 20.3% of nulliparous women reported the condition, they reported.

Among the data from 442 women of all ages, recruited from a research database established from the Victorian electoral roll, the overall prevalence of faecal incontinence was 20.7%Women with loose faecal incontinence were also more likely to have urinary incontinence independent of their age and BMI.

“It is important that clinicians consider the possibility of faecal incontinence, especially in women with urinary incontinence,” the authors concluded.

However, they cautioned that the prevalence of faecal incontinence