What is incontinence?

Meenakshi Jain, MD
OBGYN (Obstetrics & Gynecology)
Incontinence is a condition where a person is unable to control their urine or bowel movements, says Meenakshi Jain, MD, specializing in gynecology at St. Petersburg General Hospital. Learn more about the disorder in this video.
In general terms, incontinence is the inability to restrain discharges or evacuations. In regards to medicine, this is typically referring to natural discharges such as urine from the bladder or feces from the intestines. It can be caused by many different factors and should be discussed with your doctor if you are suffering from this condition.
Kevin W. Windom, MD
OBGYN (Obstetrics & Gynecology)

Incontinence is the involuntary loss of urine or stool.

Continue Learning about Fecal Incontinence

Fecal Incontinence

Fecal Incontinence

Having fecal incontinence means that you can't control your bowel movements and have leakages of feces. The condition ranges from leakages of a small amount of feces as you're passing gas to a complete loss of bowel control. It ca...

n be a very embarrassing condition that makes it difficult to go out in public. Treatments are available for fecal incontinence -- including medications and muscle control exercises.

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