Fecal incontinence affects about 5.5 million people in the United States and is generally defined as the inability to control the bowel movement. Fecal incontinence is more common in women and older adults, but it is not considered a normal part of aging.

The cause of fecal incontinence is a weakness in the internal and external sphincter muscle. In contrast to urinary incontinence, which tends to affect women more frequently than men, fecal incontinence affects both, men and women similarily.
Rectal kegel exercises and surgery are known effective treatments for the condition.