To find out more about your pelvic floor muscles, what can go wrong and what you can do to help, have a look at the short videos on this website Pelvic Health Information videos.


Constipation is infrequent passage of stool (poo), with difficulty evacuating, straining and the passage of hard, lumpy stools.

What can you do?

Faecal Incontinence

Faecal Incontinence is a distressing condition which means stool leaks from the back passage. This can happen without warning or can be associated with an urge to move your bowels but being unable to make it to the toilet.

What can you do?

  • Strengthen the muscles around the back passage by doing these Sphincter exercises
  • Empty your bowel properly by sitting properly on the toilet. See the Toilet Positioning video for more information on this.
  • Sometimes medication can be used, talk to your healthcare professional about this.
  • Order a Just Can't Wait card to use when out and about. This allows you quick access to toilets.

Rectal Prolapse

Rectal Prolapse is where the lining of the rectum descends, and can even protrude from the anus.

What can you do?