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For most adults the idea of losing control of their bladder or especially their bowels brings on feelings of shame and embarrassment. While the intimate nature of these issues certainly is private there is no need to feel bad if you begin experiencing symptoms of accidental bowel leakage. This type of incontinence affects nearly 5 million adults in the United States and millions more worldwide.
Accidental bowel leakage otherwise known as ABL is when the individual loses some or complete control of the muscles surrounding the area which controls bowel elimination. This can range from mild symptoms to a complete loss of control. There are many different medical reasons why you may be experiencing fecal incontinence so it is extremely important you seek out medical attention if you are having any symptoms of ABL. Your healthcare professional will help you diagnose and treat your symptoms and may be able to give you management strategies while treatment is taking place.