If you suffer from fecal incontinence, you know that you will do anything to prevent leaks from happening. Fortunately, there are many products on the market that can do just that. We’ve rounded up some of the most popular products for accidental bowel leakage to share with you here.
Supplements. Fiber supplements may be a good first step to try if you are experiencing loose stools, as they bulk up the consistency of your stool and make it less liquid. Good sources of fiber are found in lots of foods such as split peas, many types of beans, and berries. Fiber supplements can also help, and can be found in many health food stores. Look for products that contain psyllium or methylcellulose.
Anti-diarrhea Medication. Products like Immodium or Pepto-Bismol can really help people who deal with the occasional loose stools. However, it’s important to not use products like these for more than a couple of days
Anti-Constipation Medication. While most cases of constipation can be fixed by incorporating a healthier diet and maintaining proper fluid intake (8 cups of water a day is the norm), sometimes you may need a little help to get things moving. Most of the medications available, such as Amitiza® and Miralax® work by drawing extra water to the stool to make it softer and easier to pass. As with anti-diarrhea medication, these products usually should not be used for extended periods of time.
ABL Specific Absorbent Products. Absorbents for urinary incontinence get a lot of attention, but did you know that there are specific products just for fecal incontinence? Butterfly body liners are designed for light leakage and are unique in that they fit discreetly in between the buttocks. Other super absorbent products from common names like Tena, Poise and Reassure also work well for bowel leakage.
Skin protection. If you suffer from any type of incontinence, it is important to take care of your skin. Barrier creams and ointments to protect and treat the skin from rashes or infection can be found online and in local drugstores.
Collection Symptoms. For those with heavier leakage, there are multiple options ranging from bags adhered directly to the skin to catheters and tubes attached to a collection bag.
Vaginal Inserts. Eclipse™, which is fitted first by a physician, is an inflatable balloon device that is inserted into the vagina. When inflated, the balloon puts pressure through the vaginal wall onto the rectal area, thereby reducing the number of FI episodes.
Rectal Inserts. The Renew® Insert is a new product designed to comfortably fit with your body to form a seal with the rectum, which blocks the anal passage and prevents leaks from occurring.
Another device on the market, the Fenix® Implant, is a small, flexible band of connected metal beads with magnetic cores that is placed around the anal canal to treat accidental bowel leakage (ABL). The beads will separate temporarily to allow the controlled passage of stool. The magnetic force between the beads then brings the implant back to the closed position to prevent unexpected opening of the anal canal that may lead to ABL.
Have you tried any other products not listed above? Tell us about them in the comments!