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Fecal incontinence is the loss of regular control of your bowels. You may not be able to reach the toilet in time for a bowel movement. Or stool may leak from your anus.
This can be caused by constipation or diarrhea. Anxiety or other emotional stress can be a cause too. It can also result from nerve injury, muscle damage (especially from childbirth).
What you eat can help you manage fecal incontinence. Which foods you eat or avoid may depend on why you have fecal incontinence.
Follow-up care is a key part of your treatment and safety. Be sure to make and go to all appointments, and call your doctor or nurse advice line (811 in most provinces and territories) if you are having problems. It's also a good idea to know your test results and keep a list of the medicines you take.
Adaptation Date: 2/23/2022
Adapted By: Alberta Health Services
Adaptation Reviewed By: Alberta Health Services
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