Bowel incontinence is the involuntary or accidental leakage of liquid or solid stool. It is long-term (chronic) and unpredictable, and can be caused by many conditions.

Some typical signs include:

  • You notice leakage or soiling in your clothes
  • You sometimes don't make it to the bathroom in time
  • You make plans around having easy access to a restroom

Learn more about symptoms of incontinence

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Stories of Hope

personal story

"For a person who is incontinent, replacing feelings of helplessness with a measure of empowerment, with teaching a person that they can take steps to try to better manage their incontinence, can be as important as improving continence."

-Nancy Norton, Founder and President of IFFGD

Read Personal stories

A personal account from the Founder of IFFGD

The Patient's Perspective