Impact of fecal incontinence and its treatment on quality of life in women.

Academic Article


  • Fecal incontinence (FI) is a physically and psychosocially debilitating disorder which negatively impacts quality of life (QOL). It bears a significant burden not only on patients but also on their families, caretakers as well as society as a whole. Even though it is considered a somewhat common condition, especially as women age, the prevalence is often underestimated due to patients' reluctance to report symptoms or seek care. The evaluation and treatment of FI can be also hindered by lack of understanding of the current management options among healthcare providers and how they impact on QOL. This article provides a comprehensive review on the impact of FI and its treatment on QOL in women.
  • Published In

  • Women's Health  Journal
  • Keywords

  • accidental bowel leakage, anal incontinence, bowel incontinence, bowel leakage, defecation disorders, defecatory disorders, fecal incontinence, quality of life, Age Factors, Fecal Incontinence, Female, Humans, Mobility Limitation, Obesity, Parturition, Patient Acceptance of Health Care, Prevalence, Quality of Life, Women's Health
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    Author List

  • Meyer I; Richter HE
  • Start Page

  • 225
  • End Page

  • 238
  • Volume

  • 11
  • Issue

  • 2