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Anal Irrigation - managing bowel issues (incontinence etc) - Carers UK Forum

Anal Irrigation - managing bowel issues (incontinence etc)

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Not a pleasant subject, but anal irrigation has transformed my husband's life. Before he started using it about 18 months ago he had many embarrassing accidents - both at night in bed, or during sex, or often just in his incontinence pad (which meant he smelled) during the day or out in public.

An incontinence nurse has to verify the need for it, but if it is appropriate for the person you care for it will give them back control and they will no longer be incontinent (except maybe for the odd accident if they get out of routine.

Here are a couple of YouTube videos for more information:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=l6sWaD6d2Sk

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=d8_NG_JazEU

...there are others on YouTube as well, but those will give you an idea.
I should say, I actually help my husband do this daily as he finds it difficult to get the anal catheter in (he is slightly overweight and he just finds it hard to do), but most people who use this can do it by themselves.
Lily, glad to here this has really helped improve your hubby's quality of life.

Melly1
Lily, thanks for posting.I have a colostomy and would have jumped at this but I have stenosis so couldn't do it.
For the odd accident your partner gets, did you know you can use the anal plug to prevent this? message me for more details or anyone else if it helps.
best wishes
B.x