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Does fecal incontinence involve a strong urge to have a bowel movement? Or do you generally expel without warning?

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Dr. Denise Elser
Gynecology
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In brief: Either

Fecal incontinence refers to loss of bowel control, which can mean involuntary loss of gas, liquid stool or solid stool.
Some people with bowel incontinence experience fecal urgency or a strong, sudden urge to move their bowels & may not always make it to the toilet. Others cannot sense the urge and soil their undergarments with solid stool w/o awareness.

In brief: Either

Fecal incontinence refers to loss of bowel control, which can mean involuntary loss of gas, liquid stool or solid stool.
Some people with bowel incontinence experience fecal urgency or a strong, sudden urge to move their bowels & may not always make it to the toilet. Others cannot sense the urge and soil their undergarments with solid stool w/o awareness.
Dr. Denise Elser
Dr. Denise Elser
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In brief: Without control

You can have a strong urge but still have control , however if you expel without knowing or without control you have fecal incontinance.

In brief: Without control

You can have a strong urge but still have control , however if you expel without knowing or without control you have fecal incontinance.
Dr. Wendell Goins
Dr. Wendell Goins
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Dr. Michael Hulse
Gynecology

In brief: Either

Fecal incontinence can involve a strong urge to have a bm or may be without warning.
Either can occur. The underlying cause of leaking may determine which is most likely. For example, if their is interruption of the anal sphincter then you may expel without warning.

In brief: Either

Fecal incontinence can involve a strong urge to have a bm or may be without warning.
Either can occur. The underlying cause of leaking may determine which is most likely. For example, if their is interruption of the anal sphincter then you may expel without warning.
Dr. Michael Hulse
Dr. Michael Hulse
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Dr. Robert Cloud
Fecal incontinence is the involuntary passage or leaking of stool or gas. The problem can be sphincter related (disruption of sphincter or weakness of sphincter secondary to nerve issues). However, the sphincter can be functioning normally and a bowel problem can cause the problem (incomplete evacuation ,fecal impaction or massive diarrhea).
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