Advanced Pelvic Health Institute for Women

Fecal Incontinence

What is Fecal Incontinence?


Fecal incontinence is when a person loses the ability to control their bowel movement, resulting in leakage of gas or stool (feces) through the anus (back passage). It can range from difficulty with control of gas to more severe with loss of control over liquid or formed stool. It is a common problem, which can affect up to 1 in 10 people at some time in their lives. They may have bowel accidents that are caused by not being able to get to a toilet quickly enough (urge leakage), or they may experience soiling or leaking from the bowel without being aware of it (passive leakage).


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