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Constipation or Faecal Incontinence

Constipation is when ‘poo’ or bowel motions are difficult to pass and less frequent. When there is constipation, the poo tends to be hard and dry, you may notice the poo is like small little pellets or just that you only pass small amounts, you may have tummy pains, cramps, pain with straining, spending a long time in the toilet, or feeling as if you have not emptied completely. Another sign of constipation can be when there is smearing on the undies. Faecal incontinence, also known as “soiling” is the accidental loss of liquid or solid faeces. This can be due to a range of factors including constipation, diet, or underlying medical issues.

What is “normal” can vary from person to person. A diagnosis of constipation requires more information than just how often you do a poo… we need to ask lots of questions about your bowel habits!

Our assessment will take into account your symptoms, circumstances, any previous medical history, we will ask you about your diet and fluid intake, exercise levels and any other factors that could affect bowel function. An individual bowel management plan will be provided to you to solve problems such as constipation, diarrhea or faecal incontinence.

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