What is Incontinence?

“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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