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How does accidental bowel leakage (ABL) affect men?

David C. Fiore, MD
Family Medicine
Accidental bowel leakage (ABL) affects men equally with women, unlike urinary incontinence (leaky bladder). Also known as fecal incontinence, ABL increases with age and functional limitation, which is often due to having multiple chroic illnesses.
Many people mistakenly believe that accidental bowel leakage (ABL) is the result of childbirth and is a women’s health issue, but the truth is that ABL affects women and men.

Many common conditions affecting both genders associated with ABL. Published research shows the most common causes and risk factors affecting both women and men are chronic irritable bowel syndrome (IBS), chronic diarrhea, diabetes, obesity and advancing age.

It is true that childbirth and menopause are additional risk factors for women. And prostate therapy is a risk factor for men. ABL isn’t just a women’s health issue.

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