Bowel Incontinence

Bowel incontinence is the inability to control bowel movements. Bowel incontinence ranges from an occasional leakage to a complete loss of stool control.


Common symptoms of bowel incontinence can include:

  • Diarrhoea
  • Constipation
  • Previous Surgery
  • Rectal Prolapse
  • Rectocele and muscle/nerve damage as a result of aging or giving birth


There are a range of factors to consider when assessing the risk of developing diabetes, the more of these that are present the greater the risk:

  • Age
  • Female
  • Long-standing conditions that lead to nerve damage (e.g. Diabetes or Multiple Sclerosis)
  • Physical disability
  • Dementia

If you are concerned that incontinence is affecting your lifestyle, seek advice from your GP and ask to be referred to the Mater Private Pelvic Health Clinic.