Bowel Control Symptoms & Types

    Bowel control disorders affect the normal pattern of emptying your stools. For example, you may have bowel movements less frequently, hard bowel movements, abnormal consistency of bowel movements, or diarrhea. When it comes to bowels, we are all different. Get to know your normal pattern and be alert to persistent changes such as:

    • Fecal incontinence (FI, also called anal incontinence or accidental bowel leakage): Leakage of bowel gas, mucus, liquid stool, or hard stool. Loose stools and diarrhea, three or more times per day. Or, a feeling of urgency and great need to get the bathroom for a bowel movement.
    • Constipation: Constipation is difficulty passing bowel movements or the need to strain for bowel movements. You will be irregular and have hard stools. Plus, you may need to support the back wall of the vagina to pass stool that is trapped in a pocket or a bulge.


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