Vaginal insert used to treat faecal incontinence

An inflatable balloon placed in the vagina has proved effective as a treatment for faecal incontinence (FI), according to the results of a clinical trial.

When inflated, the balloon exerts pressure through the vaginal wall onto the rectal area, halving the number of episodes for 80% of the 61 US women in the first month of the trial.

The success rate rose to 86.4% after three months. The most common adverse event was pelvic cramping or discomfort, which happened mostly during the fitting period, according to a study article published in the journal Obstetrics