“Incontinence” is the word used to describe loss of control over when and where we go to the bathroom. Bowel incontinence occurs when the loss of control of gas, liquid stool, or solid stool is enough to cause discomfort or distress. Incontinence is a sign that something is wrong – some part of the bowel control system is not working as it should.

If you experience chronic bowel incontinence, here are two important things to know:

  • You are not alone – many people have this condition
  • You do not have to just “live with it.” You can find help, and ways to treat and manage the condition

On this web site you will find information to help you understand, manage, and find treatment for incontinence.

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Contributing factors

Fecal incontinence in children

Causes of bowel incontinence

Prevalence of bowel incontinence

How neurologic disease or injury may affect continence 

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