Bowel Incontinence

Bowel incontinence is the loss of bowel control or gas control, causing you to pass stools unexpectedly.

This can range from sometimes leaking a small amount of stool and passing gas, to not being able to control bowel movements.


For many people it is difficult to speak about urinary incontinence due to feelings of embarrassment. This same embarrassment extends to bowel incontinence often resulting in those suffering feeling too uncomfortable to consult their GP.

Bowel incontinence can have massive repercussions on both the psychological and social well-being of the person that suffers with it. A person experiencing bowel incontinences often faces deterioration of their self-esteem following the loss of bowel control during a social event that could be at work, with friends or during daily routine. This occurrence, or the fear of such, will often force the person into social isolation.

The treatment of bowel incontinence is dependent on the symptoms, timing and how the loss of bowel control happens. These can range and include urge urinary incontinence, flatus (wind) incontinence, passive incontinence, as well as anal and rectal incontinence. The majority of bowel incontinence are secondary weaknesses in the pelvic floor and can be treated with physiotherapy. If you are suffering with symptoms ask for help.