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Table 4 Consequences of faecal incontinence after childbirth

From: The social, psychological, emotional morbidity and adjustment techniques for women with anal incontinence following Obstetric Anal Sphincter Injury: use of a word picture to identify a hidden syndrome

Anxiety 80 (99 %)
Social restriction 80 (99 %)
Embarrassment about flatus incontinence 78 (96 %)
Leisure compromise 77 (95 %)
Feeling unclean 77 (95 %)
Difficulty coping 75 (93 %)
Travelling difficulty 73 (90 %)
Feeling ashamed 68 (84 %)
Loss of dignity 68 (84 %)
Feeling degraded 68 (84 %)
Leakage of waste during exercise 68 (84 %)
Loss of confidence 68 (84 %)
Compromised motherhood 60 (74 %)
Feeling low 49 (60 %)
Feeling isolated 43 (54 %)
Anxiety about having another baby 40 (49 %)
Antidepressant medication 31 (37 %)
Fear of leaving the house because of incontinence 24 (30 %)
Anger 23 (28 %)
  1. Data from Case Studies n = 81