According to the National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases (NIDDK), fecal incontinence, also known as a bowel control problem, refers to the accidental passing of solid or liquid stool from the rectum. Fecal incontinence is more common in older adults and women, although people can suffer from bowel control problems at any age. About 1 out of 12 adults in this country has bowel control problems, but many of them are too embarrassed to seek medical help, according to NIDDK. Most bowel control problems, however, do improve with treatment.
The Women’s Center for Pelvic Health at Anne Arundel Medical Center offers several treatment options, including nutritional counseling and physical therapy, at our centrally located Annapolis, Maryland campus.