Management of fecal/anal incontinence during pregnancy and postpartum

Christina Hegan, Marlene M Corton

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This chapter discusses the potential pathophysiology of anal and/or fecal incontinence during pregnancy and the postpartum period and prevalence of such incontinence, appropriate assessment, and various treatment options. This chapter explains risk factors associated with fecal incontinence in first and subsequent pregnancies and the postpartum, including risks associated with obstetrical anal sphincter injuries, pudendal nerve injury, and chronic fourth-degree lacerations. Quality of life and impact on psychosocial factors, including sexual function, are also discussed. Case studies are provided to emphasize the role of the advanced practice nurse in assessment and treatment of fecal incontinence within this special population.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationManagement of Fecal Incontinence for the Advanced Practice Nurse
Subtitle of host publicationUnder the Auspices of the International Continence Society
PublisherSpringer International Publishing
Number of pages29
ISBN (Electronic)9783319907048
ISBN (Print)9783319907031
StatePublished - Jan 1 2018


  • Anal incontinence
  • Fecal incontinence
  • Obstetrical anal sphincter injuries
  • Postpartum
  • Pregnancy

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Nursing(all)
  • Medicine(all)


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