Learn What Causes Bowel Incontinence and How To Treat It

Bowel or fecal incontinence is a condition that affects both men and women, and is characterized by the inability to control bowel movements. It affects millions of people, many of whom are too embarrassed to tell anyone, even their physician. But bowel incontinence is highly treatable – and more common than you think.

Bowel incontinence affects people differently – some have leaks of solid or liquid fecal matter, some cannot reach a restroom in time, and some don’t realize they need to go until it’s too late. There are three main types of bowel incontinence:

Passive incontinence – involuntary discharge of feces or gas, usually without awareness.

Urge incontinence – uncontrollable discharge of gas, feces, and/or mucus despite attempts to control bowel movements.

Fecal seepage – leakage of stool following a routine bowel movement.

There are many possible causes for bowel incontinence and they include:

Muscle damage – For women, this most often occurs during childbirth.

Aging – Pelvic floor and rectal muscles can weaken with age.

Nerve damage – This can occur due to childbirth, diabetes, surgery, multiple sclerosis, or stroke.

Medical conditions – Such as rectal prolapse, chronic constipation or inflammatory bowel disease are just a few possible causes.

Other causes – There are many possible causes for bowel leakage including overuse of laxatives, radiation treatments, etc.

Fecal or bowel incontinence can be inconvenient and embarrassing. It is treatable, and there are many treatment options available to you if you are suffering. Contact us or call one of our discreet, dedicated Medical Concierges at 800-771-1953 today for more about your bowel or fecal incontinence treatment options.

About The Incontinence Institute

At the Incontinence Institute, our team of healthcare providers understand the physical and mental trials that accompany living with urinary or bowel incontinence. Because of this, we are sensitive to your situation and treat all of our patients with the utmost respect and concern for discretion.

Individual incontinence conditions, treatment and recovery times may vary. Each patient's experience with incontinence procedures and / or surgery will differ. All surgical procedures involve some level of risk. If directed to pursue surgery by your physician, prompt action is advised, as waiting may reduce the efficacy of surgical treatment. The opinions expressed in patient testimonials are by patients only; they are not qualified medical professionals. These opinions should not be relied upon as, or in place of, the medical advice of a licensed doctor, etc.

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