Peristeen® Anal Plug - discreet aid for faecal incontinence
Julia Herbert discusses how anal plugs can be used to improve the quality of life for people with faecal incontinence. Abstract Herbert, J. Nursing Times; 13, 66— Living with anal incontinence can have a significant impact on the lives of sufferers and their families. A female patient in her 50s shared her experiences of having faecal incontinence as a result of a obstetric injury sustained at the delivery of her first son 24 years ago. I knew that as soon as we had eaten and the dancing started that I would be expected to get up and dance with the best man. I spent the whole day pretending to limp with my leg bandaged to fake the injury.
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Anal devices are products which can be inserted into the rectum like a suppository and help to prevent bowel leakage. If you have bowel leakage or often have to rush to the toilet quickly to prevent a bowel accident, then they might be useful for you. They sit inside the rectum and prevent bowel leakage. Anal plugs work well for many people who experience a positive effect on their quality of life from them; however, their effectiveness has been found to vary and some people are unable to use them. They can cause discomfort which some people find unacceptable; they may be better tolerated by people with reduced sensation around the bowel, for example, in spinal injury.
Learn about our expanded patient care options for your health care needs. Fecal incontinence means that you are not able to hold your feces, or stool, until you get to a toilet. There are many reasons for this, such as a case of diarrhea that strikes suddenly or damaged muscles or nerves within your rectum.