What is faecal incontinence?

Faecal incontinence (FI) is the involuntary loss of liquid or solid stools causing social or hygienic inconvenience. You might also hear it referred to as bowel or stool incontinence.

Though it is less common than urinary incontinence, it can also have a large impact on a person’s quality of life.

What are the causes?

There are many possible causes of faecal incontinence, including:

What are the symptoms?

You can assess your own incontinence symptoms here. But basically, the physical signs of faecal incontinence include the following:

What are the different types?

Faecal urge incontinence:

Faecal passive incontinence:

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What do other sufferers say about it?

Listening to the experiences of people like you is one of most effective ways to feel supported in your incontinence journey. Whether you are a patient or a carer, rest assured that there are people out there who have had the same doubts and worries that you have. Below you can find blog post testimonials that touch on a variety of faecal incontinence issues:

If you found these useful, take a look at the video testimonials in ‘Further resources’.

How can I get help?

In this section, you’ll find tools and advice on how to talk to your healthcare professional with a little more confidence. At the end of the day, it’s worth it when you consider how your life could change with an effective treatment.


Definition & Facts of Fecal Incontinence[Internet]. 2017[cited 29 July 2020]. Available from: https://www.niddk.nih.gov/health-information/digestive-diseases/bowel-control-problems-fecal-incontinence/definition-facts.