Fuecal Incontinence: A Case Study

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Background In the study ‘‘The experience of community-living men managing fecal incontinence’’, the authors, Peden-McAlpine, Bliss, Becker, Sherman (2012) demonstrated Fecal incontinence as a health problem which can influence men’s daily life. This study premised on previous studies and displayed the negative impact of FI on women like isolation from personal and social relationship, loss of self-esteem and self-confidence, lack of courage to disclose, depression, embarrassment, lack of sexual arousal. (Chelvanayagam & Norton,2000; Colling & Norton, 2004; Peden-McAlpine, Bliss & Hill,2009). Women’s response regarding management of FI was also discussed in the review. Secrecy, dietary restriction and usage of absorbent products were among …show more content…

Despite that, availability of data, regarding the impact of FI in men was limited. Besides, the previous studies on the impact of the FI were so far discussed only from the women’s point of view. Therefore, the need to investigate the impact of FI on men was observed as paramount. Purpose Purpose of this study was to explore the lived experience of men in managing fecal incontinence. Material and method …show more content…

Limitation of space was mentioned and associated with odor as a source of embarrassment. The interviewee’s experience on lived relationship, the study found out the importance of privacy about FI. However, they discussed FI only with their spouses through jargon. An isolation from outside activities i.e.travel, due to fear of accident was also mentioned as an impact. Regarding their experience of lived time, doubt was distinguished among the interviewees for possible worsening to their FI and whether aging would cause failure to control it. Body image and self-esteem were reported as affected due to lack of command on their FI and they associated the changes with a normal aging process. Avoidance of exercise was discussed for fear of possible accident. Various physical sensations in the body, feelings of incomplete bowel movements and odor are noted as irritating and unpleasant. Fasting was considered as the only copying strategy used by the interviewee.

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