Previous research, including surveys on Menopause Matters, has shown that many women experience poor bladder control. which often starts or is worsened by the menopause. Despite this causing significant distress, many women do not seek help because of embarrassment, acceptance of the problem, or lack of awareness of treatment options. It is possible that the same mechanisms leading to urinary incontinence, pelvic floor damage during childbirth and then later reduced strength of the pelvic floor muscles due to the estrogen deficiency of the menopause, can also affect bowel control. We have no idea how many women may be affected by lack of bowel control, ie faecal incontinence, and how many are suffering in silence.
To shed some light on this potentially huge problem, please take a few minutes to complete this anonymous questionnaire, whether or not you are affected.