Bowel incontinence is a socially disruptive condition. People living with incontinence often plan their daily activities around bowel movements. In some instances, fecal incontinence leads to people being homebound, fearing an accident in public. Fecal incontinence affects nearly 18% of the population. In addition, nearly 50% of people living in nursing homes are affected (ASCRS, 2011).
What Is The Cause of Fecal Incontinence?
There can be several causes of fecal incontinence. The most common reason is damage to the anal muscle, or nerves with childbirth.
Incontinence is more common in women, but men are also affected. As women age and their tissues begin to weaken, episodes of incontinence can become problematic.
Other causes of fecal incontinence can include...