Women are more prone to anal incontinence – even nulliparous women

Having a caesarean is not protective for the condition, say researchers

Delivery by caesarean section does not necessarily protect women from developing anal incontinence, according to a large population-based study.

The Swedish research found that although women having a vaginal delivery had a 65% higher risk of anal incontinence than those who had a caesarean delivery, any woman having a baby had twice the risk of anal incontinence compared with nulliparous women.