Bowel incontinence

Incontinence is generally associated with loss of bladder control, but incontinence can also mean leakage of stools. While bowel incontinence is more common in the elderly, adults and children can also be affected.

 

Bowel incontinence is the inability to control bowel movements, causing incontinence or leakage of feces or gas. Many of the people suffering from bowel incontinence also suffer from urine leakage, also known as double incontinence. Precise statistics for bowel incontinence and double incontinence are difficult to determine. This is mainly due to the taboos surrounding incontinence and bowel incontinence in particular.