Women’s Bowel Health

What are healthy bowel habits?

Healthy bowel habits include passing a stool anywhere between three times per day or every three days. Your stools should be soft and easily passed without straining.

What are the signs and symptoms of poor bowel health?

  • Straining
  • Sensation of not completely emptying the rectum
  • Urgency or reduced rectal sensation
  • Constipation
  • Diarrhoea
  • Pain with passing bowel motions
  • Bleeding when passing bowel motions
  • The inability to control bowels
  • The inability to control wind
  • Soiling on underwear

What are some conditions associated with poor bowel health?

  • Defecation dysfunction
  • Haemorrhoids
  • Fissures
  • Faecal incontinence
  • Flatus incontinence
  • Persistent pelvic pain
  • Irritable Bowel Syndrome
  • Inflammatory Bowel Disorders

How can Sydney Women’s Physiotherapy help?

Physiotherapy is a first-line treatment for the management of bowel health concerns. Our physiotherapists will take a detailed history and objective assessment to determine the cause of your concerns. They will provide you with education regarding your concerns, advice regarding appropriate fluid and fibre intake, defecation training, pelvic floor muscle training and strengthening any weaknesses present in the body. Our physiotherapists are also trained in provided rectal balloon sensation testing and training, EMG biofeedback training, and real-time ultrasound biofeedback training.

The Physiotherapists Treating Women’s Health