Constipation and faecal incontinence can influence bladder control and incontinence. Constipation can affect 2-28% and faecal incontinence affects up to 2-12.1% of the general population. There are suggestions that both bowel dysfunctions can overlap with an overactive bladder. It is suggested that it could be because the bladder and bowel share the same motor nerve supply or that overactive bladder medications can cause constipation.​

Signs & Symptoms

  • Faecal soiling or incontinence
  • Rushing to the toilet with a great sense of urgency
  • Difficulty controlling flatulence
  • Signs of constipation and straining with emptying bowels. Including bowel conditions such as haemorrhoids, anal fissures etc.
  • The sensation of not completely emptying bowels
  • Needing to empty bowels frequently