Glossary

Pelvic floor muscles: A group of muscles at the base of the pelvis. They help support the bladder, urethra, rectum and (in women) vagina and uterus.

Constipation: The inability to pass bowel movements easily.

Bowel: Small or large intestine. The small intestine is sometimes called the small bowel. The large intestine is also called the colon.

Incontinence: Inability to control the flow of urine from the bladder (urinary incontinence) or the escape of stool from the rectum (fecal incontinence).

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