Fecal incontinence is the loss of control over the bowels. Some people may have uncontrolled release of just gas and liquid stool. Others have no control over the release of solid waste.

Women are more likely to suffer from this condition than men. Many cases are a result of an injury to the pelvic floor. The pelvic floor is a group of muscles that support pelvic organs. Injury can happen through complications from childbirth . Other causes include:

  • Constipation
  • Rectal prolapse
  • A condition that is present from birth
  • Trauma or injury to anal sphincter or its nerves—the healthy sphincter opens and closes to control the release of fecal material
  • Diarrhea
  • Scarring of the rectum from radiation therapy or surgery

Rectal Prolapse
Rectal prolapse
The rectum falls through the anal opening.
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