Fecal incontinence affects approximately 1 in 5 women over the age of 40
Also known as accidental bowel leakage, fecal incontinence affects tens of millions of women in the U.S., or approximately 1 in 5 women over the age of 40. Bowel control issues may result from muscle damage (most often related to childbirth), older age, nerve damage, or other medical conditions such as rectal prolapse (the rectum falls down into the anus), chronic constipation, and inflammatory bowel disease.
Fecal Incontinence Symptoms
For some people, including children, fecal incontinence is a relatively minor problem, limited to occasional soiling of their underwear. For others, the condition can be devastating due to a complete lack of bowel control.
People experiencing chronic fecal incontinence may also experience:
- Being unable to control the passage of gas or stools
- Not making it to the toilet in time
Causes of Fecal Incontinence
Common causes include
- Muscle damage
- Nerve damage
- Age: While fecal incontinence can occur at any age, it's more common in older adults
Muscle or nerve damage may be associated with childbirth. While fecal incontinence can be embarrassing, don't shy away from talking to your doctor. Treatments are available that can improve your quality of life.
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National Center for Advanced Pelvic Surgery
9103 Franklin Square Drive
Baltimore, MD 21237
Fax: 443- 777-7618
Peter O’Hare III, MD:
Monday, Tuesday, Thursday: 8 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.
Wednesday: 8 a.m. – 5:30 p.m.
Friday: 8 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
In addition, our physicians see patients in Bel Air and Federal Hill at the following locations:
Peter O’Hare III, MD
Women's Care at Bel Air
MedStar Health Bel Air Medical Campus
12 MedStar Blvd.
Bel Air, MD 21015
Our Center is part of the National Center for Advanced Pelvic Surgery (NCAPS) at MedStar Washington Hospital Center