Symptoms of Fecal Incontinence

Fecal incontinence is characterized by leaking stool when you cough or pass gas, or having a bowel movement before you get to the bathroom.

Complications of fecal incontinence may include:

  • Emotional distress: The embarrassment of fecal incontinence might prompt you to avoid work and social situations, which can lead to anxiety and depression. 
  • Skin irritation: Prolonged exposure to stool and frequent wiping can irritate the skin around your anus.
  • Poor nutrition: For some, severe fecal incontinence may indicate that your body isn’t absorbing adequate nutrients from your food.