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What are the misconceptions about accidental bowel leakage (ABL)?

A common misconception about accidental bowel leakage (ABL) is that many people think it is a disease and requires medical intervention. ABL is not a disease. It is a symptom associated with many common conditions and usually does not require medical intervention to improve symptoms. 

Talking to your healthcare provider about ABL can help you learn how to improve symptoms. 90% of the time ABL is light to moderate and can be managed with dietary and lifestyle changes. Learning about how ABL affects you and what steps you can take to improve symptoms can help reduce ABL.

Less than 10% of the time ABL requires medical intervention. Don’t be afraid to speak up about ABL with your healthcare provider.

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