You might need bowel care supports if you are having ongoing symptoms of diarrhoea, constipation, or faecal incontinence (passing stool without meaning to).
There are a number of disabilities and health conditions that can cause these symptoms. These can also occur with aging, or after child birth.
If you are experiencing any issues with your gastrointestinal health or passing stool, seek advice from your doctor. Treatments and supports are available.
Depending on your symptoms, your doctor might refer you to a specialist, or for further tests. They might also ask you to keep a record of your bowel movements to identify any patterns in your symptoms. Tools such as the Bristol Stool Chart can help with this. Complex bowel care may involve noting your bowel movements and recording any patterns and changes including how long bowel movements take, as well as listing the kinds of foods you eat and amount of fluid consumed throughout the day. You may also be required to take medications as prescribed by your doctor.
Remember, a healthy gastrointestinal system is vital to your quality of life. There is no shame in seeking help.