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Faecal incontinence (bowel incontinence)

Bowel incontinence, also called faecal (fecal) incontinence or anal leakage, is the inability to control the bowels, resulting in the unplanned loss of liquid stool (diarrhoea), solid faeces or flatulence (wind). It is different to having sudden-onset (short-term) diarrhoea .

It is difficult to know how common bowel incontinence is, but various research studies suggest that about 10% of adults soil their underwear regularly (British Medical Journal 2010;340:1350-5).

What you can do about bowel (faecal) incontinence

Firstly, special thanks to everyone who has provided feedback about how to get on with your life when you have this problem. Some of your suggestions are mentioned here. As one person wrote, ‘At the end of the day, it's a bodily reaction which is out of your control. If you mess, just laugh it off, clean up, and get on with your day. It doesn't mean you are dirty, stupid or a kid, you're just unfortunate for having such a time- consuming illness’.

Think about what and when you eat. You may have noticed that eating stimulates the urge to pass faeces, so changing the timing of your meals and their size may help to reduce the possibility of anal leakage. For some people, eating more fibre to bulk up the faeces helps (British Medical Journal 2010;340:1350-5). Look at our constipation section for information. Other people find that this makes the problem worse, and that a low-fibre diet is better for them.

Pads, wipes and underwear. It makes sense to wear a protective pad, or to carry spare underwear and wet wipes. It may also be useful to carry a spare long-sleeved top to wrap around your hips if you do have an accident. Don’t let the fear of faecal leakage prevent you from swimming. A special undergarment is available, worn next to the skin under your swimsuit (see Useful contacts).

Sphincter exercises. There are exercises that will strengthen the anal muscles. Look at the website of St Mark’s Hospital UK, listed in the Useful contacts. It has a leaflet (Anal Sphincter Exercises for Leakage) explaining how to do these exercises. 

Bowel training. It may help if you try to empty your bowels at a specific time every day, for example first thing in the morning or after your evening meal. Over time this will make your bowel movements more predictable and give you greater control over when you need to go to the toilet. For sudden urges, wait as long as you can before sitting down to empty your bowels, gradually increasing the amount of time you wait. You should soon find it easier to hold on for longer.

Loperamide is a medication that prevents the bowel muscle squeezing too strongly, and makes the faeces more solid. It can be bought from pharmacies. It would not be advisable to take it all the time, but it is very useful for occasions where you might be particularly worried about leakage from the bowel. 

For a summary of treatment options for bowel (faecal) incontinence, go to: Fecal incontinence treatment options

Bowel (faecal) incontinence treatment options

What your doctor can do about bowel (faecal) incontinence

Investigation. Your doctor will try to work out what the cause is. There are many reasons why people become incontinent and very often the cause is a combination of factors. Working out when and how the incontinence occurs can help to narrow down the causes. Therefore, before seeing the doctor, you may wish to keep a bowel diary for a week, listing when you are troubled by the leakage. The UK’s Bladder and Bowel Foundation has a good example of a bowel diary that you can download. 
The doctor will examine you. This will involve a rectal examination to feel the sphincter muscles and look for a rectocoele (rectal prolapse – in women, this is a bulging of the rectum into the back wall of the vagina; in men [extremely rare] the protrusion is usually backwards rather than forwards). Further tests may include colonoscopy, CT scan, pressure testing of the sphincter (anorectal physiology), ultrasound scan of the sphincter muscle or a dye (contrast) test, also called a proctogram, which shows how you pass faeces.
The treatment for incontinence depends on the cause and therefore should be discussed with your doctor before trying any method.
Conservative measures. Often, bowel incontinence will respond to simple measures such as making the stool firmer (see 'What you can do' above) and by changes in medication. Physiotherapy in the form of biofeedback can also be very effective in some cases. Rectal irrigation can also be effective in certain cases. This involves the insertion of a tube into the rectum to wash the faeces out with water. This procedure usually needs careful training to perform it safely, so it must be undertaken with close medical supervision.  The majority of people will respond to conservative measures and will not need any further treatment.
Injectable bulking agents. If the anal muscles are weak, injections of ‘bulking agents’ into the wall of the anus may help, but these injections have to be done by a specialist doctor and it is uncertain how effective the treatment is (British Journal of Surgery 2005;92:521–7).
Neuromodulation. For major incontinence, percutaneous tibial nerve stimulation (PTNS) or sacral nerve stimulation is a possibility. PTNS is a non-surgical technique in which a small needle electrode is inserted into the tibial nerve just above the ankle, and impulses travel to the nerves that control bowel function. The procedure is quite new and there is limited information about how well it works. Sacral nerve stimulation involves insertion of electrodes into the lower back, attached to a pulse generator, and is an expensive procedure. A surgical operation is a last resort and may not be successful. 
For more information on percutaneous tibial nerve stimulation, go to: Percutaneous tibial nerve stimulation (PTNS)
Percutaneous tibial nerve stimulation for faecal (bowel) incontinence
Sphincter surgery. If tests on your sphincter muscles (usually performed after referral to hospital) show there is a gap (defect) in the muscles, then surgery is sometimes recommended in the form of a sphincter repair. This can be quite a difficult decision to make; success of this operation depends on many factors. Therefore, a specialist will discuss the operation with you carefully before any decisions are made.

Causes of bowel (faecal) incontinence

Diet is the first thing to check. Anything that makes the consistency of the faeces more runny, such as a heavy intake of beer, will make it more difficult for you to hold them in. Rhubarb, figs, prunes and plums all contain a natural laxative, and excessive doses of vitamins and minerals (vitamin C, magnesium, calcium) can worsen leakage of faeces. In some people, caffeine loosens the faeces, so it might be a good idea to reduce your intake of coffee or other caffeinated products (e.g. energy drinks, cola).
Olestra, used in some ‘slimming’ foods, has gained unwelcome publicity for this reason. It is an artificial mixture of fats, none of which can be digested or absorbed. Instead, it goes straight along the gut and is passed out at the other end. This means that the faeces are runny and slippery with fat, and soiled underwear can result. Some snack foods (e.g. some crisps) contain olestra, but the amount in the snacks is too small to cause a problem.
Some chewing gums contain sorbitol as a sugar-free sweetener. Sorbitol has a laxative effect, so chewing large amounts of sugar-free gum will make your faeces runny (British Medical Journal 2008;336:96–7).
Anything which makes you pass more wind makes leakage more likely. This is because the anus has to relax to let the wind out, and some faecal material may be propelled out at the same time. Beans, cabbage, sprouts and some spices (such as chilli) commonly cause this problem.
Irritable bowel syndrome is the other common cause. In irritable bowel syndrome (also known as IBS), the bowel muscle squeezes strongly, so that it may be difficult to hold the faeces in. If you have abdominal pain as well as leakage of faeces, then IBS is a strong possibility. The pain of IBS can occur anywhere in the abdomen, but is usually felt low down on the right or left side. Passing wind or opening the bowels often relieves it. People with IBS often have to rush to the toilet, and some leakage is common. There is also often a ‘morning rush’ – the bowels have to be opened urgently several times on rising and after breakfast.
For more information on irritable bowel syndrome, go to: Irritable bowel syndrome
Patient Pictures - Irritable bowel syndrome
Childbirth. After having a baby, more than 1 in 10 women finds that she has difficulty in controlling wind or faecal leakage. It is most likely if you were an older mother (over 35 years of age) or had a large baby or are overweight. The reason may be that the anal muscle is damaged by a tear, or by the episiotomy cut made during childbirth. Damage to the pudendal nerve can also occur during childbirth, and result in incontinence. The problem is likely to improve somewhat, but if you first noticed faecal incontinence after having a baby, do see your doctor – a surgical operation to repair the damage often gives good results even if you have had the problem for years.
It is quite common to have both faecal leakage and leakage of urine. A study of women with incontinence of urine found that almost 1 in 4 also had some leakage of faeces (Obstetrics and Gynecology 2002;100:719–23). The connection is that both are related to childbirth, especially if the baby was large.
Ageing. Faecal leakage is also quite common in older people, because the anal muscle becomes weaker with age. This is something that you should definitely discuss with your doctor, because a lot can be done to help. The real reason may be constipation – if you have hard faeces in the lower bowel, some watery faeces can leak round them and be difficult to control. Doctors are very familiar with this problem (called ‘overflow incontinence’) and should know how to deal with it.
Being overweight makes loose faeces more likely (American Journal of Gastroenterology 2004;99:1807–14). So losing weight might help. 
Medications. Some medications make the faeces looser and therefore more difficult to hold in. Check that you are not taking a laxative from habit. If you are taking an indigestion remedy, check that it does not contain magnesium trisilicate, because this can cause diarrhoea. Misoprostol (a medication for stomach and duodenal ulcers that is sometimes prescribed for elderly people), calcium channel blockers (for blood pressure), nitrates (for angina), sildenafil (for erection problems) and SSRIs (for depression) are other possible culprits (British Medical Journal 2010;340:1350-5). If you are taking any of these drugs, do not just stop them; discuss the problem with your doctor.
Orlistat (Xenical, Alli) is a diet pill that works by blocking the enzymes that digest fat. This means that the fat cannot be absorbed from the gut. With the correct dose, a third of the fat that you eat is blocked, and is excreted in the faeces instead of ending up as part of your spare tyre. By the time it reaches the lower part of the gut, this extra fat has the consistency of light machine oil. As a result, it can cause oily anal leakage, and the problem gets worse with the more fat that you eat. To stop it happening, you have to eat less than 70 g of fat a day.
Piles can prevent the anus closing properly, so leakage can occur.
Rectocoele (rectal prolapse). A rectocoele can empty after a bowel movement, whilst you are walking. This can produce a small amount of faeces in your underwear which you may not always realize is happening. This can often be helped by simple measures and you should see your own doctor about it.

Written by: Dr Andrew Ramwell
Edited by: Dr Andrew Ramwell
Last updated: Monday, May 12th 2014


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Posted by Optional on 28/11/2017 at 09:29

I do not go out much and have cancelled invites because of the worry of incontinence. I do not feel like living

Posted by Jelo on 16/08/2017 at 03:23

I have this problem only when I eat something that I am intolerant to, such as palm oil, synthetic sugar substitutes and onions, garlic and leeks. Keep a food diary and see if there is a pattern to when it occurs. I am now perfectly fine when I eat at home but eating out is tricky.

Posted by May on 02/07/2017 at 11:35

Hi, I thought I'd share this with anyone looking for answers related to diet and food. I have had fecal leakage for around two years now since moving to Poland. I started to get quite worried that it could be something seriously wrong. However, I started to realise that it is only a problem every time I eat capsicum or paprika (basically peppers) - which is very hard to avoid in this part of the world! It's a problem usually when I fart, and sometimes the leakage happens without a cause. The only time it happens is when I have eaten red or green or yellow peppers (capsicum) or anything containing paprika powder. It usually only goes on for two to three days after eating these ingredients. Strangely enough, chillies, spicy Asian and Indian food and curries do not cause the same problem. I hope this helps someone.

Posted by Optional on 27/06/2017 at 06:46

is there any thing that can be used for a short period of time so my husband and i still can have sex without leakage

Posted by Optional on 08/06/2017 at 07:33

I have had accidents. Started when I was about 21/21. They are unpredictable and come out suddenly. There is no time to react to them. It is awful. I have had a celiac blood test which was fine. I don't know why I have issues. I have all day stomach pain every day so think something is up. I had my first accident today in a while. (Few months since I had one). Am unsure why I had it. It always smells the same every time and same gross colour. I feel really embarrassed as I am 25 and I feel old. It is bad having it around my family and embarrassing but my mother has accidents a lot too so she understands.

Posted by Optional on 06/04/2017 at 01:18

Had several bouts of decal incontinence,wake with numbness tingling,discomfort in flanks

Posted by Opal on 19/02/2017 at 04:27

This information was helpful. I have recently started taking magnasium as recommended for leg cramps and noticed in the materials that this could have added to my problem.

Posted by Susie on 04/01/2017 at 02:24

I have IBS diverticular constipation and I would like to know if other people suffer from leaking liquid and a small amount of stool when doing vigorous exercise.

Posted by Accident survivor on 01/12/2016 at 06:13

I'm having issues with having faeces leaking past the sphincter during sex with my wife. I know I shouldn't let it get to me as it is a result of damage incurred from a devastating MVA but it does. I had a severe perinium injury coupled with my pelvis being shattered. The pelvic floor was physically ejected from my body - ripping me from the base of the scrotal sac to the tailbone. It destroyed an estimated 78% of the various sphincter muscles and the anus itself. After 2 years on a colonoscopy bag, my surgeons engaged in a series of surgical repairs to reattach the intestinal tract and eventually reverse the colonoscopy. Surgeons performed a sphinctoplasty and managed to achieve a high order of restorative function. 96% of the time, I have normal bowel movements. However, I still have reservations about making love with my wife due to the involuntary bowel movements during sex. It has taken all spontaneity out of sex. I have to use a combination of Viagra and Cialis to achieve erection. The financial cost for these medications alone causes me anxiety and fouling myself during intercourse just furthers the issue. I don't know that anything further can be done, but I'm hoping someone might have some advise other than the usual options.

Posted by Optional on 27/07/2016 at 05:28

HI, Since I was diagnosed with Crohn's disease 5yrs ago they did a bowel resection which has caused me no end of problems since. I'm not fully incontinent but wear pads every day because of leakages, soiling caused by both constipation or being so loose. I was prescribed a Quofora from the district nurse which has helped me in a big way, it helps if your constipated similar to giving yourself an enema so you know you are empty before leaving the house and also the other way, to irrigate and clean out your bowel. I'm not sure the Qufora would help everyone though suppose it depends on what conditions you suffer with. I prefer to be home but if I do have to venture out anywhere I take a change of pants,wipes,pad,spray,ointment etc. I know this can be a very dibilitating problem for a lot of people so we all deal with problems the best we can. GOod luck to all of you who are suffering

Posted by bonnell777 on 14/05/2016 at 04:15

hi i suffer with schizophrenia since my 20's i have had problems with sleep since then recently when i wake up after being awake for a long time i pass watery stool i cant get to the toilet in time ihs happened several times in the past few months i do also think i have a worm infection if that helps and also i woke up this morning and i noticed the right side of my head mostly is numb its still there now as i write this 10 hours later and i had the faecal incontinence today again very watery i went to the toilt several times since again watery stools i do take meds for the schizophrenia i also take nexium 40mg fr the past 15 years and past 2 years im taking statins for high choloesterol illness that was passed onto me from my father genetically all my siblings have it if thisis any help

Posted by steve on 23/04/2016 at 07:10

I have notice I sometimes leek at work and mark my under were and in morning have to rush to toilet after breakfast it been going on for some years now and I am fed up as all my pants have got stains in them and if I drink larger I get the runs in morning

Posted by Optional on 09/02/2016 at 05:55

My IBS developed during my first year in Viet Nam. There was not a scheduled time that always matched natures call, malaria pills caused diarrhea for six days after taking them, and then the food mainly from C-rations either bound you up or caused diarrhea. This last complaint was settled by eating more cheese to stop diarrhea and certain C-rat chocolate to get you to go. By 1978, when I was under tremendous stress while stationed in the Western Pacific; my IBS was not so bad. The problem was I had developed fecal incontinence after the morning BM. I would wipe until I was clean or bleeding, take a shower and clean more, and would have to go back in the head to clean some more. At this time, I did not have a lot leakage afterwards. In the early nineties at Lejeune, I had some incidents as on Okinawa. My IBS. has continued until I now also have GERD. Used Nexium 40mg for years until I had to go on Dexilant 60mg to contain the reflux. The fecal incontinence flared back to the point that after any BM, after cleaning and more cleaning in the shower and more wiping. I have a liner in my under wear but pack my anus with paper for 30-60 minutes and withdraw it, wipe some more and sometimes I do not stain the pad.

Posted by Christine on 07/01/2016 at 09:02

My soiling problems are strongly related to stress or pressure; anything to do with anxiety. Also when I was younger, I had a lot of abdominal surgery. I have actually been to counselling and they give me strategies to relax, but if I'm out of routine or worried, it is more likely to happen. It's great to hear about people who get on with life! It's so encouraging.

Posted by Blackjeansbomber on 30/11/2015 at 07:24

I have a way to conceal my rather embarrassing bowel or sometimes explosive diarrhoea 'incursions': I try to make it a habit to wear black pants (such as Levi's 502 CT black jeans)as much of the time as permissible. That way the mess doesn't show. (Only problem is sometimes it spills out the bottom of the pants onto my shoes or indeed the ground, plus the resulting foul odours is hard to conceal). But at least upon a visual level black seems to do the trick in concealing this nasty problem.

Posted by Optional on 13/11/2015 at 07:04

I think too much fruit and fibre may have a connection for me but it all started with a severe bout of fool poisoning.

Posted by Optional on 05/10/2015 at 05:18

my spouse will be shopping and he cannot control lump of hard stool coming out and messing his underware, he spoke to his doctor and he told him is age and nerves are damage. so i am not sure that is a good answer that was given to him.

Posted by Optional on 19/09/2015 at 12:28

please helo me i am getting urge to release faecal matter very frequently but very little comes out

Posted by Optional on 04/08/2015 at 05:11

I started having fecal incontinence when I was in my late teens. Though at the time I did not know what it was called. The first time it happened was while I was paying for a cassette tape at a music store. I was writing out the check when all of a sudden I fill my pants. I quickly handed over my check took the tape and ran to the nearest restroom. At first I just thought it was "one of those things" bad food or something to that nature. Boy was I wrong. As I was to find out That was just the start of what was to come. I would deal with this for the rest of my life. I would go for weeks without an incident and then be soiling myself for 3 to 4 days. Many of which not knowing it had happened until the damage was done. To say I had my fair share of public accidents is an understatement. The longest I went without an episode was 11 years. When I was in my late teens and throughout my twenties I kept it a secret. I did everything I could to hide the "evidence". I started doing my own laundry. And would make up excuses as to why I would have to leave an event or party early. Dating was "hell". I could not do much on the spur of the moment for fear of having a accident. I once had a horrible accident at a theater while on a date with a very nice girl. Halfway through the movie I had a bad case of diarrhea. She was in shock, I was in shock as well for it had been some time since I had a flare-up like that. My date ran to the lobby to use the phone and I ran to the bathroom to clean up as best as I could. When I came out she was gone. I called her when I got home but she would not return my calls. I decided that for now on honesty would be the best policy. After that, I found that once I told a girl that I was interested in the truth they were for the most part understanding. Through my thirties I was episode free. I thought I must have out grown it. I met a beautiful woman, got married and started a family. Life was good. I had always been very active and while on mile 4 of a 6 mile run I started to have terrible cramps. I slowed my pace in hopes that the cramps would ease up. They didn't. I slowed to a walk and then to a stop. I bent down and put my hands on my knees to catch my breath. At that point completely filled my running shorts. I was mortified! I tried running again so that I could get back to my van and get home. I was in so much pain I had to slow to a walk again. Every spasm would bring with it more diarrhea. As I continued to walk it was running down both legs. It was very obvious as to what had happened. People would pass me and give a look over their shoulder. When I met people coming from the opposite direction I would knell down and pretend to tie my shoe. after several time of doing this I noticed that I was getting shit on my shirt as will. At that point I said "F" it. I didn't care anymore. I just continued to my van and whoever saw me, saw me. Once again I started to hide what was going on with me from my wife. That lasted for little over a year. We were staying over with some friends for the weekend. My wife and I went to the store to get a few things. When getting out of the van I unknowingly soiled my pants. While in the store it continued. Only until some had run down my pant leg and onto the floor did I realize what was going on. I told and showed my wife what had happened and that I was going to the van. She came out to the van and asked if there was anything she could do? I asked her if she could get me new underwear and a pair of pants? There was no way I was going to our friends house like this. After about 20 minutes she returned and we went to a local park and found a restroom. I have to hand it to my wife. She was very understanding and helped me get cleaned up. Since then there have been many a accident. at home and in public. But life goes on. My wife now buys me adult diapers. Wearing them makes my accident less noticeable and the clean up easier. Over the years I have learned to deal with my incontinence. I try and not let it rule my life. Don't let it rule yours.

Posted by onlyhuman on 25/07/2015 at 08:59

I am a 32 year old male. Since the age of 18 after a traumatic experience I became incontinent. Therefore I took to adult diapers. I did however seek help and after tests were done, results came back with my bladder muscles being weak. I've tried many things including exercises but still to this day, especially at night when sleeping I find myself wetting quite heavily. But in the past few years my IBS has also added to the stress. However I have read many posts about people ashamed to wear diapers. Take it from me. There is nothing to be ashamed of. We are all different in some way, yet share the same problems. I have spent over 10 years putting up with people laughing and pointing at me because they've noticed my diaper bulging from my clothes when soiled or times where I have wet through to my pants and haven't been able to change. It was hard for me finding a girlfriend. Eventually I did and have been married 8 years. But my point is, I'd simply rather wear diapers 24/7 than have even more imbarrassment by wetting or soiling my pants directly. I'm not ashamed of wearing them. I need them in able to live my everyday life, and those who judge me simply don't know me or what I go through everyday. So all the best people. Just do what you have to in able to protect yourself and live everyday without being ashamed or imbarassed. My moto is, that it's washable.

Posted by plif on 17/07/2015 at 08:24

I presented with most of the same symptoms. At first my doctor thought it might be IBS, but he ordered a blood test for celiac disease. My levels were sky high so he sent me to a gastroenterologist who did a gastroscopy, took 4 biopsies and confirmed that I have celiac disease. It means I now have to be on a gluten-free diet the rest of my life. Since cutting out gluten, all my problems have been solved, or greatly diminished. I can now live a normal life albeit gluten-free (no wheat, barley, rye products). Perhaps those of you who haven't had the proper blood test yet could ask your doctor to specifically request to be tested for celiac through that particular blood test. The gastroscopy is the final step to definitively diagnose if it is celiac or not. I know what you're going through, and wish you all lots of luck in getting your life back as I have.

Posted by Benson on 24/05/2015 at 03:06

Am an IBS sufferer,i pass loose odor stool,yellow like urine and mostly pass a very smelly gas no matter wat i eat,av tried any diet still nothing positive i feel like commiting suicide,i cannot mix with people am 4rm KENYA someone helpme

Posted by Optional on 17/05/2015 at 09:12

Thank you for this very helpful information. I have coeliac disease, and can see that the fact I cannot easily absorb fats could be one reason why I have incontinence. I think that this information will help me to deal with the problem. Many thanks.

Posted by Optional on 19/04/2015 at 10:44

I have excreted a small amount of BM upon (passing gas) flatulence. Is this normal?

Posted by Optional on 06/04/2015 at 03:10

I have the same problem of soiling my pants during by sleep. But i have notice that its only happens when i eat late at night. However i have been out for holidays and the rest of my stay i had bowel inconviniences, some time after eating i will fill pain in my stomach later my smomach will be loose and had to rust to toilet. Inconsistacy of sleeping time due to unusual activities made it difficult to control my diet because some point i had to eat around 2am, which is not what i would do at home.

Posted by Noah on 30/03/2015 at 12:21

I just kept wiping and wiping my butt, and i kept getting stuff out

Posted by Hermit No More on 27/03/2015 at 02:27

If you suffer from faecal incontinence or as I like to call it bowel leakage or accidental bowel leakage as many of you do here, there are some alternatives to help you that are not mentioned on this site that I have used and researched. There are special shaped pads to use to help protect your underwear. There are anal plugs that stop any bowel movement (not always suitable for everyone you will need to check with your Doctor). I also hear that there will be a brand new product available on prescription in the UK that is an insert that stops any leakage in between your bowel movements. I think this will give you the confidence to you out again. I will keep you posted on developments.

Posted by hi on 27/03/2015 at 01:03

I have a dry piece of poo on my ass butt it stinks at school and i cant get it off. Help!!!

Posted by Optional on 25/03/2015 at 10:02

Hi I also have this embarrasing problem it only started after my 3 baby was born all 3my kids where big baby's. Sometimes when me and my hubby make love I have leakage and it happend on my hubby I feel so bad cause its a real party pooper and the worst is that I sometimes don't feel it happening!! I'm so ashamed and embarressed how can I fix it??? Please help. I want to make love to my husband but sometimes I cannot even enjoy it because I stress if something is going to happen or not. Your article are very helpful thanx

Posted by Woman/mother on 07/03/2015 at 05:57

I've been having times of pooping my pants and not even knowing until I go to the bathroom and see it in my underware. It's not just small liquid looking spots it's actual poop in my underware. I have regular bowel movements daily with pretty regular consistency. I don't have diarrhea when this is happening and am not constipated either. I'm very concerned as I have a family member that had colon cancer which did end up causing death. I'm embarrassed about this pooping on myself especially considering I don't even know until I see it in my panties,smell it, or my bum hurts because of the frequency. Please help with what I should do this is becoming very regular and I'm scared along with worried and very embarrassed.

Posted by Optional on 21/01/2015 at 04:21

OMG - I am so embarrassed. I am 50 and have been Type I diabetic for 29 years. I noticed only that my bladder wasn't able to hold it for as long as before my daughter was born but was never incontinent. Last night though, I felt very gassy and actually did #2's a couple of times before bed. My stomach wasn't feeling the best, but it was only a minor ache and so went to sleep. I woke up a couple of hours later to find I defecated in bed! In the midst of trying to clean myself and the bedding, I had to go empty some loose stools several more times. I was so disgusted with myself - had never had this happened before. Now, I am seriously thinking about wearing adult diapers to bed. OK, this might sound gross. I am usually on the constipated side, but have figured out a way to get that stuff out. My feces can be so hard that for awhile, I seemed to be plugging up the toilet when I was able to go. But, because it is so hard, I am not able to push it out naturally, Instead, I've found that while pushing out hard stools, if I take some toilet paper and use one or two fingers to push on the perineum at the same time, it actually pushes the stool out. This usually helps with the bloated feeling, as well as can get rid of some gas.

Posted by girl on 17/01/2015 at 07:33

I took clindamycin about 3 years ago and ever since then ive had leakage.

Posted by Nightmare Grimlins on 04/01/2015 at 04:38

I am a medicated diabetic who keeps trim and exercises regularly. Its such a pain to be within a restful deep sleep and to be shockingly awoken by the screams of horror from my cuddling wife of thirty years. I thought she had broken into a deep sweat, but oh no it wasn't going to be that easy . Apparently I had unknowingly within my deep R.E.M. sleep state passed wind and simultaneously released a huge liquified batch of faecal incontinence matter upon her entire abdominal region. Well I could tell by the pungent odor that this wasn't a dozen of roses delivered by the local florist upon Valentine day. My immediate rational was what to do under this unexpected state of dire consequences, I regained my composure and executed the best line of defense. I jumped out of our bed at the speed of lightning within the darkness but the sordid debris field had without prejudice left it's sinnister mark everywhere. My physcian states that it's all part in parcel of being a full blown diabetic and that both my spouse and I should accept these periodic upsets in due course as part of the aging process. Now to add insult to injury my petite spouse of thirty years has just recently been diagnosed as a type two diabetitic. There's no way that I am prepared to endure the future consequences of a double barrol performance within the tranquility of a restful well deserved sleep. During the interim , she will have to sleep upon the couch with our blind geriatric twenty year old feline. I feel their pain but no matter what our personal physician professes it was the flip of a matrimony coin and I won fair and square...... Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated as our former intimacy love making moments have now been replaced with sporadic fecal storms of a nightly surprises.

Posted by Optional on 03/01/2015 at 05:43

I am 49 years old and and July 2011,I had to have surgeryfor pelvic prolapse. The surgeon had to repair all of my female organsbecause all of my female parts fell down along with part of my short rectal. Now could this be the reason that I have rectal seepage at times. When This happens could it be from the surgery that I had. This is very embarrassing to talk about please can you give me a little info about what you think this may be.0

Posted by Optional on 24/12/2014 at 01:21

I never know when I go to bed if I will have an episode during the night. Sometimes I wake up and cannot control my bowels between the bedroom and the bathroom. It's so embarrassing and I don't admit to anyone that I wear adult diapers to bed every night because I don't want to soil my sheets or underwear. The bowels are always loose and I hardly ever have a solid BM anymore. I only drink decaffeinated beverages and have switched to lactose-free milk but nothing has helped so far. I don't have stomach pain at all but this condition is ruining my life. I eat a balanced diet and was even taking fiber supplements but that didn't help a bit. I'm at a loss as to what to do. I guess next step is to talk with my doctor about this.

Posted by Optional on 08/12/2014 at 12:27

This has happened twice this week. I struggled to get home when walking the dog then I could not hold it in. This is awful

Posted by Edie on 04/12/2014 at 08:37

Thanks for the helpful info. It gives me some ideas!

Posted by viplounger on 02/12/2014 at 10:20

I was at work today. I had the urge to go to the toilet. Number 2's. I had a 2 minute walk to get there. I got to the toilet then closed the door started to undo my button on my work pants and it started to uncontrollably pour out into my pants. It was everywhere. I didnt know what to do i was horrified. Then i thought i can clean myself up and not wear any undies. But i thought i had better take my shorts off and have a look to see if i had any on the outside of my pants. Lucky i did check it was on the outside of my pants down my leg. I was horrified. So i rang my boss from the ladies toilet. Told her i had an accident and i had to go home. She was ok with it. But when i got home i had a shower and then i went to wash my clothes i couldn't find my underwear. I wrapped them up in toilet paper and i forgot to put them in my bag to bring them home. I fricken left them at work. How bloody embarrassing. IM 50 years old and i dont know who this would have happened or what caused it. I just hope to god this doesn't happen again. IM going to bring a whole new outfit to wear just in case it happens again.

Posted by Optional on 09/11/2014 at 10:44

I eat alot of chilli nd salt also a day doesn't pass without me drinking cola. I also have a high intake of beer, I should limit this

Posted by Optional on 28/10/2014 at 08:28

having read your site i now realise i may have piles

Posted by Nick on 15/10/2014 at 02:31

Found this article and user posts to be very helpful. I've always had to be careful about farting confidently, yet in this last week my butt's new feature is diarrhea backed up by so much gas I can't hold it back. I'm gonna be carful about taking too much vitamin C, avoid the fish oils, and give it some time. I'm also really good when it comes to the common cold and flu, so I could be sick anyway. My best suggestions for times like this is get yourself some depends and an enema. Enema out real well before going for longer treks, and just in case, your already wearing underwear you can throw away. Baby powder yourself up too to help prevent rashes. It's not a solution, but life must go on right? Of coarse see your doctor if this seems like a permanent issue, or just because you can afford it somehow. o.o

Posted by Optional on 16/09/2014 at 07:18

It is normal for me to to only empty my bowels every couple of days or so. The problem I have now got is that I dont have a clue when the urge to empty my bladder will be. I may be out walking and suddenly need to go. My doctor has given me laxatives to try and regulate me but I can sit for hours not wanting to go yet a half hour later need to go urgently. It is not diarrea.this is always at the back of my mind. Any suggestions please.

Posted by Optional on 22/08/2014 at 05:05

when I have sex I have leakage from my anus I have had a colonoscopy and it was fine the dr said it is frim internal hemroids he gave me medicine and it like causes diaherra I have tried putting in tolietpaper in my anus but the act of vaginal sex just pushes the plug out is there a medical sevise that I can use as a plug during sex

Posted by Craig on 05/06/2014 at 06:16

live in bathroom daily sometimes as long as 15 hours..strain to defecate never can empty bowels completely..had a non working gall bladder dr advised me remove gall bladder symptoms would disappear gall bladder removed symptoms still there stool sometimes floats sometimes pencil thin.sometimes formed but soft colonoscopy came back ok increased fiber and H20 doesnt help

Posted by Dev on 24/05/2014 at 03:48

I have had the worst thing happen to starting 1 weeks ago. First I was waking up soaked, I thought pee, but it had no smell, no color, just liquid. Then it morphed into lots and lots of gas for about 3 days. Then to my horror I was awakened to a diarrhea mixed with a dark 'pasty' poo of a mess!! I cried I was so embarrassed. I had to tottally rip my bead apart to clean it & to get that horrible smell & stains out, then it happened again the next night! I finally found some bed pads, which helped a lot, I was throwing out my underware out, because I just couldn't get that stain out. So, I go to bed with no underware on. A regular pad would not hold what comes out! This has never happened to me in my life! I'm going to ride it out a bit, and if it doesn't go away in let's say, 2 more weeks then I will go to the Doctor. I'm scared. It's good to know I'm not alone out there, and you all will be in my prayers

Posted by mummy9 on 10/05/2014 at 06:48

I've had it since I had my 9th baby she was very big and back to back. I also had a prolapse. I have to change and clean myself 5-6 Times a day I'm too embarrassed to go yo my doctor and so worried I will always have it

Posted by kamal on 05/05/2014 at 03:14

i use to go for passing stool five to six times a day with semi liuid stool. difficult to control mostly after meal i feel urge to pass stool every time. i am alkoholic and daily consume three paks of alcohal . please suggest me what should i do to get rid of this

Posted by Optional on 16/04/2014 at 03:54


Posted by elissa mother of a 6year old boy on 28/03/2014 at 02:38

My sons been having a problem using the bathroom I see him struggling holding it in and accidents at school and its a everyday thing for him staining underwear please advise? My own opinion tell the dr for his next appointment or should I not wait and go get it checked asap

Posted by Optional on 18/03/2014 at 01:27

I have had constipation for yrs. I started inserting finger to get stool out. My fecal incontinence now comes and goes. When I have it I am never clean and the loose feces is ALWAYS coming out. USA

Posted by Optional on 19/02/2014 at 01:13

want to know if people with fecal incontinence have to stop heavy exercises like aerobics..

Posted by Optional on 12/02/2014 at 01:42

this has only started in the last 6 months it seems to happen for a few days and then is ok for a few weeks then happens again but the thing is I have no warning and usually happens after I have had a bowel movement about 1 or 2hrs earlier should I tell my doctor I am so embaressed

Posted by Optional on 18/01/2014 at 09:43

I move my bowels 3 to 4 times a day. It is not diarrhea. I also have flatulence with a staining of my underwear. I do not have stomach pain or any other symptoms outside of the ones I mentioned, Could it be lactose intolerance?

Posted by Alime on 13/11/2013 at 07:33

Uncontrollable Anal gas leakage Hello everyone I’ve posted a similar message on it has been about 5 y since I got this smelly gas or wind leaking nonsense disease, I know I am not alone now after reading many similar stories, I actually felt relief a bit that I am not the one and only, but I got depressed that no one has found a cure. As you know its a very complicated problem that no doc knows about it, I have visited tens of docs, but no one has a clue about what I am suffering from or what is going on. I think becuz there are not many ppl have it and maybe its a combination of many issues & disorders that affect different parts of the digestive system and cause this disease or issues! So, since the docs do not know this case even exists I wanna suggest smth maybe will help us to get the right treatment'; I have heard that there are lots of help groups in the UK that can support and help ppl with TMAU to find the best way to deal with their problem (TMAU). They also interact a lot with the scientists working to find improved treatments. So why not we do the same thing(I mean making a group for this new disease under group of doctors in one hospital at one place ) , cauze there are a lot of benefits of it such as; - doctors will finally understand what we are dealing with and believe us, they can’t deny our problem or just send us to psychiatrists! - we can share our problems, support each and other become friends, I personally have no friends and I feel so lonely and heart broken. -if one of us get over his problem, this, will help the rest to know exactly what is the nodus that cause the smell or the other symptoms, I mean it will be easier for doctors to diagnose the disease and easier for us to work on the healing process even if it takes a big effort and long time we shouldn't live the rest of our lives in this situation, I have read a story about a man who is still having this prob since he was 20 y o, and now he is 40, he mentioned that he has no wife no kids and never had a girlfriend during his life . If you have other suggestions and solutions for how to get over this awkward sickness please share your opinion and reply, at the end we have to do smth about our miserable lives & take action... heartbreak and bemoaning won’t help. Life is great, but we need to live it

Posted by burns from fecal incontinence on 03/10/2013 at 04:39

I have just been diagnosed with celiac disease and have problems with dumping fecally. It has left a burn on my leg. What can I put on this burn until I get this under control? I clean as soon as I can but it still leaves a burn. I am diabetic as well. Can you send me your thoughts to

Posted by Optional on 15/09/2013 at 01:59

I've had problems going to the toilet my whole life and have never been able to go normally, I occasionally get extreme pains in my belly and always get pains in my anus along with soiling and constipation (constipated for a week or so then leaks sometimes runny sometimes not so runny) the hospital half removed my appendix so a tube could be passed through inserting saline in and water to wash it through to help me go, this was extremely painful and always caused me to be sick so I ruled that solution out. I've tried many tablets and they don't work and I'm sure there is something very wrong with my body and I will not be able to lead a normal life until I can go to the toilet normally so please reply as soon as possible. .

Posted by James J. on 05/09/2013 at 12:52, United States

I am a male turning 63 in a couple weeks. I have always been quite healthy and fit and eat a good diet. I have, however had a problem with my bowel movements for most of my life. Approximately 80 to 90 percent of my bowel movements are extremely soft and pasty, requiring a lot of wiping each time. The only time in my life that I got relief from this was when I was on a methadone maintenance program for a substance abuse problem from 2001 to 2012. During this time, my bowels worked splendidly -- no overly soft stools or diarrhea for about 10 years. After leaving the program in 2012, however, the loose, runny and pasty stools returned. A doctor prescribed me Lomotil, which helped a little, but not much. To make matters worse, Over the past several months I have had incidents where about once a week I suddenly notice a sticky feeling in my undershorts and find that a quantity of soft, pasty and sometimes liquid feces has leaked out into my underwear, requiring me to change my clothing and wash my anal area thoroughly. I am worried that this will happen in public and cause me great embarrassment. I can not predict these occurrences and barely feel them happening. I have not been able to associate this with any dietary factor. My mobility and muscle tone in general and specifically in my lower extremities has been reduced, however, over the last few years due to bone spurs and arthritis in my right ankle and left knee, which I feel may also be causing my abdominal and sphincter muscles to have lost strength as well. I am tempted to go back on the methadone treatment just for the effect it may have on this problem, but I have tried taking opiate drugs and have had the fecal incontinence occur nevertheless. This problem is extremely worrisome and is causing me considerable stress and embarrassment. It seems to be happening more and more frequently. My loss of mobility is bad enough, but the idea of soiling myself in public is unbearable. The idea of having to wear adult diapers is intolerable as a man who has always been proud of my health and fitness. Can anyone help me or offer any suggestions as to a cure for this condition?

Posted by Optional on 04/08/2013 at 03:14, Australia

I noticed anal leakage since I started taking the' good oils ' like, fish oil ,flaxseed oil,and more recently primrose oil.I took these for my arthritis and increasing age .My arthritis is much better but I feel they may be acting on the bowel and making the faeces too soft and with an ageing anal sphincter muscle not as strong as it used to be is causing some leakage .I was taking a dose of 1000mgs of each capsule twice daily .I also have flatulence since starting these oils .I have stopped all oils for the time being to see if they are the cause.Will keep you posted !

Posted by Optional on 26/04/2013 at 09:03, South Africa

born with anal have less control as i get older.

Posted by sonu on 03/04/2013 at 08:13, India

Whenever i go feels that i need to go for faecal only occurs whenever i step out of my house...stool.volume is simetimes...less or more ..sometimes watery...without any abdominal.cramps..i have beeb suffering since 5 years...may i know my diagnos...and trtmnt...

Posted by adele on 03/02/2013 at 02:47, Australia

I have a normal bowel motion most days, but I notice that after about half an hour, especially when walking there is a seepage/leakage of faecal matter, sometimes enough for me to need a shower. I always feel I have emptied my bowel but obviously not; any suggestions??

Posted by Optional on 23/01/2013 at 07:07, United Kingdom

I experienced this for the first time last night. I have had a tummy upset for a day or so but took pain killers for the cramps and just got on with it. Yesterday I had a cornish pasty and mash for tea followed by a small chocolate cake, straight afterwards I had the most awful stomach ache. Then last night I woke up around 4am and felt a sticky substance around my bottom. When I went to the toilet I was horrified to see I had soiled my pyjama bottoms. I cleaned myself up and went back to bed. Just as I was drifting off to sleep again I felt a nasty warm sticky sensation creeping over my bottom and sure enough I had leaked this horrid lurid orange loose stuff without even being aware I needed to empty my bowel. This is so distressing. Why have my stools suddenly turned bright orange and why did I not register I needed to go to the loo? I have read about fish and slimming pills causing this type of orange diarrheoa but this is not the case with me. I am now terrified to go to sleep in the same bed as my husband.

Posted by Optional on 12/01/2013 at 11:09, United Kingdom

I did not have this problem until I had been taking joint tablets for approx 12 months. I embarrassed myself several times before making the connection. I stopped taking the pills but have never managed to return the to the control I used to have, although it has improved. There is quite a lot about joint pills and this problem on the web, there should be a warning about this possible side affect.

Posted by Optional on 23/11/2012 at 03:36, United Kingdom

Menopause can be the culprit. I suffered from this until I started HRT - now it is rare for me to soil myself.

Posted by Optional on 29/08/2012 at 05:05, United States

I have written before, I have the same problem with leakage,I can wipe use soap and water after a bowel movement and still stain my under shorts, its awful and it smells,for the last 2 months I have been using Always pads the light ones. They work great, no smell and no Staining, Try it. I wish they made a pad just for this problem. they have a backing that keeps it in place and they don't move. Good Luck

Posted by me2 on 15/07/2012 at 06:57, United States

i may have faecal incontinence. sometimes there a pain in my abdomin but mostly near my rectum, sometimes i feel moisture around my butthole and it feels kinda greezy. but wen i wipe i see nothing. and i cant smell it but other people can. and it get worst when i smoke,i got prescribed for medical marijuanna a while back and everytime i smoke it, it feels like my sphincter muscles loosen. like my butthole stays wide open and wont close, until im sober again,

Posted by Optional on 26/04/2012 at 10:56, United Kingdom

I have a problem that sometimes not really that often I leak liquid excrement This extremely embarrassing and shameful It only started when I was 40 I have got Diabetes Mellus 2 and I was wondering if that had anything to do with it. I have been subscribed Mebeverine and that has helped to control it a bit better but still it happened again last night, I really need help with this It is beginning to ruin my life

Posted by CoverGirl on 18/04/2012 at 08:57, Canada

If you are afraid to swim because of this problem, there are containment swim briefs that can be worn discreetly under a swimsuit.

Posted by Kerry on 14/04/2012 at 08:22, United Kingdom

Yeh I have this all the time, don't know what to do about it and I'm always taking spare knickers with me as I mess all the time and it smells real bad

Posted by Evie on 22/03/2012 at 03:47, United Kingdom

Please can anyone help me with an extremely embarrassing problem. When I have sex and especially when I orgasm, a little bit of faecal matter comes out at the same time and dirties the sheet.It's horribly shameful and i feel ashamed and dirty. Luckily I don't think my partner has spotted it yet as i always check and lie on the patch to hide it.I then clean it up at the first opportunity before he sees.Does any other woman have this problem? I'm older, but very fit and active and quite fastidious which makes it worse.

Posted by Optional on 16/03/2012 at 02:44, Canada

I found this site very useful and informative. Several recomendations have been noted and I will pursue them. many thanks.

Posted by 'Don't Panic!' on 08/03/2012 at 04:18, United Kingdom

I've read most of the comments here, and I can see alot of people are ruining their lives by letting the worry of fecal incontinence control what they do and don't do. I'm 22, diagnosed with IBS (Which is for sure a name given to a myriad of, as yet, new and exotic illnesses which science cannot explain). Unfortunately, IBS causes me much pain and anguish, but at random times which makes it near enough impossible for me to do anything about it. I've had to mess myself on a number of occasions now, and yes it's embarrassing. However, lots of us do it! The problem lies in the fact that no one actually appears to talk about it, or will admit that it happens to them face to face. Take consolation in the fact that probably the majority of the commenters on this board do it, and I wonder how many others, who have read, but haven't commented? At the end of the day, it's a bodily reaction which is out of your control. If you mess, just laugh it off, clean up, and get on with you day. It doesn't mean your dirty, stupid or a kid, you're just unfortunate for having such a time consuming illness, which is embarrassing to most people. ALWAYS carry spare underwear and jeans/skirts. It might help to have a top than you can wrap around you so others can't see the mess you've made! Perfume can help, and so can perfumed wipes if you're unlucky enough to be out in public, and only have access to public toilets. This way you can relax knowing you have all bases covered, so if you have to go (and lets face it, those of you with IBS-D will know), you HAVE to go. So just do it. Then laugh it off (Damn you fecal incontinence!), and remember that there are probably a number of other people in the same situation as you right that moment! For those of you who don't know, I want to stress massively that IMMODIUM is the most wonderful drug ever. It's like literally having a cork in your bum. If I have one an hour before doing anything important, nothing will happen, because it kills the bowel spasms, and dries up your...well yeah. I find it often has this effect for a few days, so alot of you might find taking one the day before an event might be a very good idea. Anyway, good luck everyone, and don't panic!

Posted by Optional on 07/03/2012 at 11:34, New Zealand

I have just read the book Is Gluten making me ill by Dr Shari Lieberman, I think it could help a lot of people on this site, gluten and dairy can be quite bad for us but doctors don't take it seriously

Posted by Optional on 04/03/2012 at 01:38, United Kingdom

I have had this problem ever since I suffered from a trauma. Now my anus really sweats continuously especially when I need to go to the loo. I have done some research an there is a lot of possibilities it could be, parasites in the gut, ulcers, allergies, Who knows but most doctors dnt have a clue and this problem can really, I mean "really" affect your personal life confidence and self esteem Scientist please help this problem, best advise I can give I de worm yourself, eat healthy, no spicy foods lots of veg, hit the gym, steam room, drink water. Good luck peeps

Posted by Aliciana on 25/02/2012 at 09:17, Canada

I know I am old but very active and I am struggling daily with trying to keep clean.There is always leaking I have been tested and my anual muscle is weak. it is very frusterating.

Posted by ruwi on 21/02/2012 at 08:45, South Africa

I have IBS but can handle it

Posted by OptionalClare on 17/02/2012 at 10:16, United Kingdom

My name is clare I have ibs I cannot make it to the toilet on time with my bowls I wear adult nappys at night time and in the day my under wear is damp. Is ibs incontence could somebody please tell me

Posted by Optional on 02/02/2012 at 06:06, United States

I have the same problems as most of the people that have written, I have been to my doctor,has not ben able to help me.I read on another site a nurse working with older patients in a nursing home suggested using Zinc Oxcide Ointment I have tried it after having a bowel movement. it seems to help with the pain. I drink coffee and think that may be one of the problems. Has any one been to a Herbalist or tried any Holistic methods. Has anyone had luck finding help with the Gas problem. Thats the scariest, you don't whats going to happen. I am so thankful for this blog and hope we can help each other.Lets keep writing

Posted by VSRE on 31/01/2012 at 02:26, Singapore

Dear SIr/Madem, I would like to enquire as to whether any Gastroenterologist/surgeon in singapore uses this product (Solesta from Oceanathera) to treat fecal incontinence in Singapore? I have suffered with this very socially unacceptable issue for 7 years, it has destroyed my life. I feel I have exhausted all other other options Please help I am desperate.

Posted by Optional on 06/12/2011 at 09:39, United Kingdom

Hi, My dad has is having bowel trouble, he can seem to control himself and has soiled his trousers a few times. He is 55, a builder and about 13 stone about 5ft 10inches. He had a stroke about 15 years ago and has been taking 2 asprin a day for a year. This tends to happen when he forgets to take it. Is this something that could of been caused by the asprin? He tells me he has seen a doctor who says its is diet but I dont believe him because he eats a healthy diet. Can someone please advise me.

Posted by DD Dave on 19/11/2011 at 12:47, Australia

No-one knows what a person with IBS diarrhoea type goes through (pardon the pun). It is difficult to know whether to leave home some days as bowel motions may happen with sudden and unpredictable urgency, and be explosive and lava like. Imodium allows a person to go in public with a great deal of confidence, as it slows and dries up the gut.

Posted by mag,s on 15/11/2011 at 12:20, United Kingdom

i have got to the stage that if i go out with my husband i always wear dark clothes and have to put a pantry liner on my bottom because i no i will leak poo also i have to take air freshener out in my handbag just in case i smell

Posted by Optionalmmarie on 11/10/2011 at 06:53, Canada

I have fibromialgia &I B S.Last night I went for my actual speed walking and I decided to chew gum instead of bringing a water bottle.When I came home I felt discomfort in my stomach then started having bowel movements at first the poop started comming out normal but after awhile,I could barely make it to the bathroom on time.I went to bed not thinking a terrible smelling leakage came out without me noticing it in my sleep it was my husband who woke be up just to see the terrible mess I made in bed.After cleaning the mess & myself I put on a large pad that my mom left hete because she has a similar problem.I was told that if you walk at a fast pace & chew gum this could happen.I want to know if this is true.

Posted by Submit on 06/10/2011 at 01:17, United Kingdom

4 years ago I had my bowel removed and an ileoanal pouch constructed. Thought it would be the answer and my life would be back on track. Bowel removal has saved my life, but it has left me with bad tolieting issues. I am contemplating returning to an illeostomy, (bag), but as it's thought I have IBS, this may make things worse for me. I want to travel, walk the dog, do exercise and have a fun and active life with my young children and husband. I don't want to be tied to toliets and only good quality onces with washing facilities. Yesterday I made the decision that I have to accept that I am bowel incontinent. I can carry on not doing things, or I can get the proper support and nappies and just go for it. However I AM STILL WORRIED ABOUT HAVING MY FIRST POOH IN A NAPPY. I have to overcome this. Just do it, but I find myself holding on which gives me lots of pain and discomfort, makes tolieting for the rest of the day tricky and prevents freedom of movement. HOW DO I OVERCOME THIS FEAR OF THE FIRST POOH IN A NAPPY?

Posted by hygene problem on 08/09/2011 at 08:43, United States

I seem to have an ongoing problem with fecal matter coming out after I wipe good. It seems almost greasy. Very embarssing odor at times. Help

Posted by Optional on 09/08/2011 at 05:11, United States

This problem started after childbirth for me.

Posted by Bowel bleeding and cant get clean on 08/06/2011 at 02:17, Australia

I have just reached 60 I have trouble with my bowel movement I can go a number of times to wipe my self and still mark my garments I wipe till I bleed and a around my anus it swells like a balloon I have seen a program from america that points to a pocket of faecal behind the muscle I am going to ask my surgeon if I have this problem hope we find a reason

Posted by Optional on 01/06/2011 at 01:15, United States

Have had problems with IBS for years and can't seem to get any long lasting help. I am a Pepsi cola drinker and Menthal cig smoker. Wondering if any of these could be a problem. Have had every test in the book.

Posted by Mr Optional on 10/04/2011 at 12:25, United Kingdom

Hi, I have a problem with my rectum, Last year i tried to stop smoking with the help of Champix, i took these for three weeks, at the same time i was also prescribed a course of antibiotics, i think they were called Cloromycin or something, the problems started about a day or two after i started taking the medications, an intensely painful burning sensation in and around the rectum, i tried washing it and applying various creams and ointments to lessen the discomfort but nothing worked and i stopped taking the medications which helped stop the immediate symptoms, however, i still get the burning and pain because i tend to leak sometimes which can be caused when i break wind or when the stool is looser than usual, part of the trouble is that i dont notice until i feel discomfort by which time a rash has developed, i'm very fed-up with this condition, i've had it for more than a year, sometimes it feels as if it is going away and the next thing its back even worse, my rectum sometimes feels swollen, i went to my doctors two or three months ago and she said it was likely to be thrush and she prescribed cream for this but it is just as bad as ever, any advice would be welcome.

Posted by Optional on 07/04/2011 at 04:59, United Kingdom

Sandy, I have the same fear. Just bought some adult nappies. Feel a fool but so much more relaxed in traffic. No accidents so far.

Posted by demoralised on 07/04/2011 at 01:20, Australia

Has happened again worse than last time, walking my son to school. After reading this article I am determined not to let this affect my quality of life so I am going to book an appoint with my GP to get down to the bottom of it.

Posted by the dude on 26/03/2011 at 05:49, United Kingdom

I'm 20 and since I started drinking A LOT of Cola I have small leakage and itching.In the hot days I feel burns very severe and painfull but when I wipe there's almost nothing.I cant stand the pain and the itching.What do you recommand? And to all of those that have anal ic, do you feel pain and burning while hot days?

Posted by Optional on 24/03/2011 at 10:19, Canada

this information has been very helpful because now i have a direction in which i can go.

Posted by demoralised on 22/03/2011 at 04:12, Australia

walked my son to school today and had a major accident, had to go to the loo and it was everywhere,major clean up nobody knew it happened but I knew. I was totally demoralised. Iwent before I left but it was like the walking brought it on. I do have IBS as well as 5 kids can anyone help I don't want to give up walking

Posted by Optional on 16/03/2011 at 07:00, United Kingdom

First time I have ever openly said about my problems. I have suffered for the past 30 years with this. Not making it to the loo, leaking in my pants etc...felt like a freak of nature, a dirty bitch (my mums words) and always thought I was the only person in the world to suffer like this. I then happened to come across a telly programme about "embarressing illnesses" where there was a woman describing exactly what I was going through I no longer felt alone. After a another year of building up the courage and realising I didn't want to spend the rest of my life planning journeys around toilets, never travelling, always carrying spare underwear and perfume I finally went to the Drs. I have finally been diagnosed with an internal prolapse and I've had it since I was a kid. I am now waiting for my next hospital/dr appointments to now start my treatment. I am going for biofeedback and pelvic floor training to strengthen my pelvic floor and will be on very mild antidepressents for 6 months which will work on the sudden urges. If after 6 months it doesn't work I will need surgery. I still have a long way to go but I feel so positive about my future now. My advice do not suffer in silence...please go to the doctors now. The tests are quire intrusive but worth it in the long run.

Posted by Sandy on 13/03/2011 at 05:01, United Kingdom

I have developed a fear of being stuck in motorway traffic and I poop myself or desperately want to when in motorway traffic. My therapist has told me the way to overcome this problem is to face it so I was thinking of buying adult nappies so I am prepared for the worst but I am very unhappy about the thought of having to sit in my own faeces. Anyone have a better idea?

Posted by RMS on 02/03/2011 at 05:34, United States

I'm new to this site and am crying to hear so much distress. I relate because I've suffered with IBS for over 25 years. I can't begin to explain how much I have been through. Here's what I know about embarassing flatulence and bloating: Carbonated drinks are your enemy; you are literally swallowinging gas bubbles. I don't drink them, period. Sugar and foods that turn to sugar in your body, such as potatoes, white bread, etc. will make you gassy because bacteria loves feeding on it and it increases their numbers. Foods like broccoli, cucumbers, greens, eggs, garlic, etc. create gas and it stinks. Dairy products can cause bloating, gas and diarrhea- make sure you're not lactose intolerant. At my worst I've been known to have up to 9 bowel movements in an hour, and have been constipated for up to 2 weeks at a time. I have incomplete bowel movements as well as what I call "porcelain-breakers". I KNOW what all of you are going through. What has helped is certain food avoidance and probiotics. A new one called, "Align", has been a tremendous help in regulating my digestive system. Yougurt doesn't have enough to really make a difference. The cause of the stinky gas is a build-up of "bad" bacteria that gives off a sulphur smell. Probiotics replace those with 'good' bacteria. I use anti-diarrheal meds to control the anal leaks. Anti-anxiety meds help a lot with nervousness and stress over worrying about your illness and accidents. I dealt with this illness everyday but I can honestly say I'm now better at controlling it. I have seen many doctors and controlling my diet has been the most helpful. I hope some of what I said is helpful.

Posted by Optional on 29/01/2011 at 06:47, United States

I read afew years ago that the diet med phen-phen caused anal leakage. I do have a fairly often problem, but it was years ago that I used phen-phen and only for a few months. The problem showed up only a couple of years ago. Can anything be done?

Posted by Eve on 24/01/2011 at 06:46, United Kingdom

What a very informative article. I am a health professional and have been unfortunate enough to suffer from faecal incontinence on and off througout my adult life but more specificly over the past 20 years. I have four children and have seen various specialists who put it down to damaged muscles after chilbirth. Basically what I wanted to say is dont give up. I stuggle day and daily to have a " life" Every journey has to be pre arranged round toilets, I havent had a holiday in years as I couldnt cope with being out of range of a toilet. I dont go to concerts or large gatherings in case I need urgently and cant get to a toilet in time. I have lost count of the number of times I have soiled myself, or worse became totally incontinent. However, I value getting out and about, I try to find out where all the toilets are situated, and always carry spare underwear and wet wipes. I no longer can do spontanous outings, but at least manage places I am familiar with. I felt quite intimadated by my surgeon, but do my own research and keenly follow every new research project or new treatment. Just wanted to share my story with you.

Posted by Optional on 19/01/2011 at 09:42, United Kingdom

Heamoroid operation as a young man, I think, is partly to blame. I am hoping injections to bulk up the muscle will help.

Posted by White Knight MD on 12/01/2011 at 09:12, United States

Prolapsing internal hemorrhoids (piles) protrude through the anal sphincter and prevent proper closure of the anus. This allows feces to escape and cause soiling of the underwear and inability to wipe enough to clean up. You can see this article: See a GI surgeon to be evaluated and have the hemorrhoids treated by injection sclerotherapy or rubber band ligation. You will see improvement immediately. Sometimes this treatment may need to be repeated. In addition, avoid gas forming food especially beans. This aggravates any problems you have with your anal sphincter. Good Luck and I hope this helps many of you.

Posted by Optional on 18/02/2010 at 06:11, United Kingdom

my problem seems to be diferent from thoes mentioned.. going to toilet no problem, i am a very nervouse person wich results in me going to toilet regulary..but after iv'e been and cleaned up i still lose faecal in my underware, it's as thoe my rectrum is still open after iv'e been to toilet.been to doctors and they cant find anything wrong.av you got any sugestions that will help. thank you


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