What is Loss of Bowel Control?

October 04, 2018

Accidental loss of stool may be associated with an intense urge to rush to the bathroom or can happen with no warning. This loss of bowel control is known as accidental bowel leakage (ABL) or fecal incontinence (FI). Accidental bowel leakage particularly affects women who have experienced pregnancy, childbirth, other nerve or muscle damage in the pelvic region, or gastrointestinal conditions such as Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS). You can learn about the many treatment options available by visiting MayoClinic.org.