I sharted on my run this morning!

A shart could happen to anyone. 
I sharted on my run this morning! Do you know what a shart is? Besides embarrassing!

Shart (Urban Dictionary): a small, unintended defecation that occurs when one relaxes the anal sphincter to fart (blend of "shit" and "fart").

I was out on my regular morning run. I was going for a ten miler. Five miles out, and five miles back. Just as I was making the turn to return to my house, I let out what I thought was going to be a little gas. Running often stirs up the gases, so it is not uncommon to let them out while on the run. But instead of a fart, I got a shart!

In other words, I was more than 5 miles from home when I let out what I thought was gas, and turned out to be more. 5 miles of running with crap in my pants. Not fun. Not comfortable. Not to mention—totally embarrassing.

I was just glad I was alone this morning, and not running with a buddy. I don’t know what I would have done. Now I am not anxious about going for runs because what if this happens again?

A shart could happen to anyone, but for most it is a rare occurrence, only happening if they have the flu or diarrhea for some reason. However, for those with accidental bowel leakage (ABL) a shart can happen any time without warning.

Tens of millions of women and men experience ABL. It is reported that one in five women are affected. Ninety percent of the time leakage is light to moderate. Fifteen million women over the age of 40 experience ABL. Fifty percent of those women don’t speak up about their ABL.

ABL is not uncommon, but that doesn’t make it something fun. It is characterized by little bowel leaks, which can be triggered by sensitive bowels, everyday stress and even exercise. Conditions commonly associated with ABL include: Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS), Diabetes, Obesity, Pelvic Floor Disorders and/or Prostate Treatment.

In order to protect against things like sharting while running, individuals with ABL should seek treatment, and find discreet tools for managing the symptoms. Absorbent products are an important part of managing ABL, but in order to be effective for allowing continued “normalcy” and everyday life function, they need to offer protection, be discreet, and be comfortable to wear.

One such tool is the Butterfly pad.

Butterfly® pads fit comfortably and discreetly in the buttocks, providing proven, secure protection for accidental bowel leakage. They have an absorbent core, a gentle adhesive to keep them in place, and wings to provide hygienic removal.

No other pad protects against ABL the way Butterfly® does. On January 30, 2014, Butterfly body liners were selected as the most innovative new consumer product using nonwovens receiving INDA’s Visionary Award.

To learn more about what it means to have Accidental Bowel Leakage, and what you can do about it visit Http://www.ablinfo.org

What is Accidental Bowel Leakage (ABL)? 

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