Constipation is one of the most common causes of faecal incontinence. Chronic constipation could lead to an impacted hard stool in the rectum becoming too large to pass. As a result, the rectum muscles and intestines stretch, and eventually weaken. Watery stools could also pass around the hard stool and leak out causing faecal incontinence.
If constipation is severe, it’s best to consult with a medical practitioner as remedial steps – such as oral laxatives or suppositories – may be prescribed to get things ‘back on track’.
Once things have settled down, a healthy diet high in fibre (whole grains, fruit, vegetables, nuts, etc), plenty of water and some gentle exercise should keep most people’s bowel regular.