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.


An estimated 10 to 15% percent of people with incontinence suffer from overflow incontinence. In contrast to other types of incontinence, such as stress incontinence and urge incontinence, this type of incontinence occurs more often in men than in women. In addition, overflow incontinence is more common in older people.

Gender and age are not, however, direct causes of overflow incontinence. There are usually underlying problems such as prostate problems, (benign) prostate enlargement, swelling in the ovaries and uterus, diabetes, or the use of certain medications such as antidepressants.