Help for people with functional bowel disorders

Posted by Chris Bridgman, December 3 2019

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Part 1 in a series of three posts where we talk about how Transanal Irrigation (TAI) can help people with functional bowel disorders.


”I woke up one morning…”

“It all started in 2015 when I woke up one morning and found my bed soaked. It was horrible and embarrassing because I share my bed with my husband. I was trying to cope with my symptoms by waking up early to change myself before my husband woke up, but it wasn't always successful. I was embarrassed. I couldn't tell anyone. I wouldn't go out much in fear of having an 'accident'. I wore pads, had spares in my bags and I even had spare clothes at one point.  I eventually went to see my GP and was given many tips that didn't seem to work on me.”


Functional bowel disorder is everyday life for many people: something is wrong with how the bowels or stomach work, but all the organs are normal. Typical symptoms include fecal incontinence, pain, bloating, constipation, or incomplete emptying. The pain and fear of accidents often forces people with functional bowel disorders to have a much more restricted life than they would want to have.

People with these problems tend to put up with them for much longer than patients with neurological bowel disorders. Since organs appear normal, FBD patients often have to go through more intense examinations and assessments than patients with neurogenic bowel disorders to rule out any underlying conditions.

TAI is a also a well-established therapy for neurogenic bowel dysfunction, a condition that shares the same symptoms as functional bowel disorders. We’ve created a guide that covers the symptoms of both these conditions, and how TAI can help alleviate them.

Download the guide 'Life with transanal irrigation'

Topics: Bowel dysfunction, functional bowel