Bowel or faecal incontinence are terms used to describe liquid or solid leakage from the bowel or poor bowel control. The causes of bowel incontinence can be a weak pelvic floor muscle exacerbated by constipation, diarrhoea, poor bowel habits and history of bowel surgery. Certain medications and treatments for other conditions, such as radiation, can also contribute.
Bowel diseases like Coeliac and Crohn's can also adversely affect control. Understanding the cause is key to treatment, so seeking a professional medical opinion for each individual case is highly recommended.