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Fecal Incontinence

What Is Fecal Incontinence?

Fecal incontinence is the inability to control your bowels. When you feel the urge to have a bowel movement, you may not be able to hold it until you can get to a toilet. Or stool may leak from the rectum unexpectedly.
More than 5.5 million Americans have fecal incontinence. It affects people of all ages--children as well as adults. Fecal incontinence is more common in women than in men and more common in older adults than in younger ones. It is not, however, a normal part of aging.
Loss of bowel control can be devastating. People who have fecal incontinence may feel ashamed, embarrassed, or humiliated. Some don't want to leave the house out of fear they might have an accident in public. Most try to hide the problem as long as possible, so they withdraw from friends and family. The social isolation is unfortunate but may be reduced because treatment can improve bowel control and make incontinence easier to manage.

What are the causes of Fecal Incontinence?

How is Fecal Incontinence Diagnosed?

What is the treatment for Fecal Incontinence?

What to Do About Anal Discomfort?

Fecal Incontinence in Children

 
     
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