The bowel is the final portion of the digestive tract. The function of a healthy bowel is to absorb water and mix that water with material from digested food, store fecal waste, and eliminate fecal waste, or stool, at a suitable time. For many women with physical disabilities, the bowel is affected by their disability in some way. Due to limited mobility, some women may struggle with constipation. Other women, especially those with certain neurologic conditions, may experience fecal incontinence, or involuntary loss of stool. Still other women may experience both constipation and incontinence at different times.
Below you will find links to the three most common bowel problems in women with disabilities:
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