Coping with Fecal Incontinence as a Side Effect of Chronic Constipation

Fecal incontinence and constipation
For many people with chronic constipation they cannot imagine that things can get much worse. However, one of the most unpleasant side effects of chronic constipation can be having to cope with fecal incontinence. Fecal incontinence often happens to people who have chronic constipation due to having an accidental bowel movement from a laxative working. This sudden bowel movement can be anything from a slight soiling to a complete loss of stool. Because of this it is imperative that you have the right incontinence product to use if you are dealing with chronic constipation. There are many different incontinence products that can be used effectively in this situation. You can find many of these incontinence products at and

There are many different incontinence supplies that can be beneficial to have on hand. From complete incontinence underwear to different types of incontinence pads anyone who is dealing with fecal incontinence as a result of chronic constipation can be prepared to manage it. In addition, it is important to keep in mind that there are incontinence products for men and incontinence products for women so that the unique needs of each gender can be met. All of these incontinence products and more can be bought on sites that sell adult incontinence products. For help and guidance in selecting incontinence products please click on

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Once you have the right incontinence product there are tips that can help you better deal with fecal incontinence that is brought on by chronic constipation. Some of these tips are-
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  • Use the right incontinence product-It is crucial to take the time to determine what type of incontinence product you need to use. If your fecal incontinence is only mild then using an incontinence pad might be enough. However, if you are experiencing or are even prone to experiencing complete loss of bowel control then you may need to consider using an incontinence undergarment whether it is incontinence underwear or an adult diaper.
  • Always have a plan-Whether you are going out to work or for fun, it is important to have a plan. Many people carry an emergency kit that has a change of clothes, special incontinence wipes, powder or odor absorbing lotions, and their incontinence product. This way if the worst should happen you can be prepared to change your incontinence undergarment, clean up and neutralize the odor.
  • Work with your doctor-Both chronic constipation and fecal incontinence are never normal. You should never feel that you simply have to live with these conditions. You should also never let your doctor tell you that there is nothing that can  be done. Most health care professionals realize that there are treatments for both the chronic constipation and the resulting fecal incontinence.  If you are not satisfied with your doctor’s diagnosis then you should seek out a different medical opinion. Keep in mind that while treatment can be lengthy resolving these issues can be done successfully and most people can continue with all of their normal activities.
  • Seek out support-Today, the stigma surrounding these issues is not as deep as it once was. There are many different support groups where you can find support and helpful information from other people who are and have successfully dealt with both chronic constipation and fecal incontinence. Check with your local hospital, community resources, and even your doctor for recommendations. If you can’t attend a support group there are many that are available online.
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While chronic constipation and fecal incontinence can be difficult to deal with they can be effectively managed by having a plan, seeking medical help, finding support, and using the right incontinence product. To find out more about all aspects of incontinence please visit

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