Fecal Incontinence | Overview

Share:

What is fecal incontinence?

Fecal incontinence is the inability to control bowel movements. This leads to stool (feces) leaking from the rectum at unexpected times. It is more common in women and in the elderly of both sexes.

Many people who have fecal incontinence are ashamed to talk about this problem with their doctor. They think that nothing can help them. However, many effective treatments for fecal incontinence are available.

Written by familydoctor.org editorial staff

Reviewed/Updated: 04/14
Created: 09/00

Share: