In this study, researchers from California, USA, evaluated the prevalence and risks associated with fecal incontinence in racially diverse women over 40 years.
The team assessed 2109 randomly selected women with an average age of 56 years.
Fecal incontinence was determined by self-report and was categorized by frequency.
The study subjects reported the level of bother of fecal incontinence and their general quality of life.
The team assessed potential risk factors by self-report, interview, physical examination, and record review.
|Latina females were less likely to report fecal incontinence than white females.|
|Diseases of the Colon and Rectum|
They used multivariate logistic regression analysis to determine the independent association between selected risk factors and the report of fecal incontinence in the past year.
The researchers found that fecal incontinence in the past year was reported by 24% of women.
They determined that the greater frequency of fecal incontinence was associated with decreased quality of life and increased bother.
The team found that the prevalence of fecal incontinence increased significantly with obesity, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, irritable bowel syndrome, urinary incontinence, and colectomy.
Dr Madhulika Varma's team concluded, "Fecal incontinence, a common problem for females, is associated with substantial adverse affects on quality of life".
"Several of the identified risk factors are preventable or modifiable, and may direct future research in fecal incontinence therapy".