Faecal incontinence, also known as bowel incontinence, is the inability to control bowel movements, leading to involuntary loss of liquid or solid stool or gas (wind).
If you have urge faecal incontinence, you will know when you need to go to the toilet, this might be a sudden need, but you will not be able to control passing the stool before you get to the toilet.
If you have passive faecal incontinence, you will pass stool without realising it. Streaks or staining of your underwear with stool is known as soiling. There might be slight soiling when you pass wind (gas).
People with faecal incontinence may experience challenges with their personal relationships, as they may feel uncomfortable discussing their condition with others or may be unable to participate in activities that involve being away from a bathroom for extended periods of time.
It can also cause emotional distress, leading to anxiety and depression. This can have a significant impact on a person’s quality of life, leading to feelings of embarrassment, isolation, and a lack of confidence in daily activities.
Faecal incontinence can be treated, seek medical help from your doctor.