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LEARN ABOUT BOWEL CONTROL ARE YOU SUFFERING IN SILENCE?

Bowel control problems affect tens of millions of people every day. If you’re one of them, you should speak up.

TREAT YOURSELF

TO LESS WORRY

Chronic fecal incontinence (FI) is a treatable condition. It’s not a normal part of aging. And you shouldn’t have to deal with it on your own.

DOES THIS SOUND FAMILIAR?

  • Frequent bowel accidents
  • Avoiding social events
  • Using pads to manage leaks

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Infographic map of the US stating that about 37 million adults have overactive bladder (OAB)

That's About

20 Million

Adults

In the U.S.<sup>1,2</sup>

FI IS EXTREMELY COMMON

1 in 12 adults

has FI<sup>1,2</sup>

Infographic showing one in twelve adults have fecal incontinence (FI)

WHICH IS MORE THAN THE 5 MILLION ADULTS IN THE U.S. WHO HAVE ALZHEIMER’S DISEASE³

AND THE 17 MILLION ADULTS IN THE U.S. WHO HAVE ASTHMA⁴

FI Prevents

You From

Living A

Full Life

People with FI reported5:

  • More depression
  • More embarrassment
  • Lower quality of life 

Compared to people without FI.

DO YOU QUALIFY?

Take a two-minute quiz to see if you qualify for chronic FI treatment.

TAKE THE QUIZ
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Talk to a

BOWEL CONTROL SPECIALIST

Speak with a doctor in your community who can help you find the right treatment.

Find a Specialist

IF CHRONIC FI DISRUPTS YOUR LIFE DON’T CHOOSE THE SILENT TREATMENT

Just say: “I think I might have chronic FI” and let your doctor take it from there.

After the therapy, I slowly started doing things I really enjoyed, like being out with my friends and singing again, things that really brought me such a joy.

– Kelly S. Experiencing relief with Medtronic Bowel Control delivered by the InterStim™ system
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My new normal is, I no longer wear protection. I do not have accidents, and I wouldn’t consider myself incontinent unless I turn the therapy off.

– Lauren H. Experiencing relief with Medtronic Bowel Control delivered by the InterStim system

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WHAT RELIEF

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1

United States Quick Facts. United States Census Bureau Web site. Available at:https://www.census.gov/quickfacts/table/PST045215/00. Accessed January 27, 2017.

2

Whitehead WE, Borrud L, Goode PS, et al. Fecal Incontinence in US adults: epidemiology and risk factors. Gastroenterology. 2009;137(2):512-517.

3

Alzheimer’s Association. 2016 Alzheimer’s Disease Facts and Figures.http://www.alz.org/facts/overview.asp. Accessed January 27, 2017.

4

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. 2014 NHIS Data. http://www.cdc.gov/asthma/nhis/2014/table3-1.htm. Accessed January 27, 2017.

5

Rockwood TH, Church JM, Fleshman JW, et al. Fecal Incontinence Quality of Life Scale – Quality of life instrument for patients with fecal incontinence. Dis Colon Rectum. 2000;43:9-16.