Updated 12 August 2015

Action point


Bowel retraining can help to minimise slips due to faecal incontinence by making your bowels accustomed to voiding at the same time every day.

Set aside 10 – 20 minutes each morning to sit on the toilet. Relax and gently rock back and forth to stimulate the bowels or use a lubricated finger in a circular motion to relax the anal sphincter. Don't strain – if you don't have a bowel movement the first time, repeat the exercise the next day.

Visit our Incontinence Centre for more on managing this condition.


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