Bowel Issues in Women

Bowel Issues in Women

Bowel issues commonly occur in women. While it is common, it is not spoken about in the same way that other issues are.
The most common cause of bowel issues is childbirth, especially if you have suffered from a third- or fourth-degree tear or if you have had nerve damage throughout your pregnancy, labour, and delivery. The pelvic floor may also weaken due to constant constipation and straining. Being overweight can also cause strain to the pelvic floor. Bowel issues such as irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) can cause diarrhoea. If the sphincter muscle is weak, it may cause problems such as leakage.

Here at Physio Hub, we will conduct a thorough assessment including the history of your problem and to find the cause of the problem. Bowel issues can be treated using the following:
- Strengthening of the pelvic floor using exercises and stimulation
- Defaecation techniques
- Biofeedback
- Soft tissue therapy
- Mobilisation of the nerves
- Advice on improving fitness and mobility


Common bowel issues include constipation, diarrhea, irritable bowel syndrome (IBS), and inflammatory bowel diseases. Individuals should consider seeking specialized care for bowel issues if they experience persistent symptoms such as abdominal pain, changes in bowel habits, blood in the stool, or significant discomfort. Seeking care is crucial for proper diagnosis and management of these conditions.

Specialized care for bowel issues involves a thorough assessment to identify the underlying causes of symptoms. Treatment may include dietary modifications, lifestyle changes, and, in some cases, medication management. Individuals can expect sessions to focus on symptom management, education about triggers, and strategies to improve overall bowel health. The goal is to enhance comfort and quality of life.

Yes, specialized care for bowel issues can address chronic conditions like IBS or inflammatory bowel diseases. Treatment approaches may include dietary interventions, medications, and lifestyle modifications. Healthcare professionals work with individuals to develop personalized plans that manage symptoms and improve long-term bowel health. Education about triggers, stress management, and coping strategies are often integral components of care.

Specialized care for bowel issues can benefit individuals of all ages, including children and adolescents. Gastrointestinal problems in children may include issues such as constipation or pediatric IBS. The approach to care is adapted to the age and developmental stage of the individual, with a focus on identifying and addressing specific concerns related to bowel health.