Women who gave birth naturally are at greater risk of experiencing bowel incontinence, an embarrassing condition.
The condition can be found in both sexes and all ages. But while reports from the US reveal that about one in 12 people experience this problem, the ratio in women who have natural births is one in four. The risk is higher for this group of women as they get older and enter menopause as the body goes through hormonal changes. Moreover, the advancing age causes the muscles that control bowel movements (anal sphincter muscles) to weaken.
Bowel incontinence ranges from an occasional leakage of stool while passing gas to a complete loss of bowel control.
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