Glossary What is accidental bowel leakage? Accidental bowel leakage is loss of normal control of your bowels. It also is called fecal incontinence. This condition leads to leakage of solid or liquid stool feces or gas. Why does accidental bowel leakage occur? Accidental bowel leakage can occur if there are problems with the muscles and nerves in the rectum and pelvis.
View image What is fecal incontinence? Fecal incontinence is trouble keeping control of your bowel movements. It means that you have bowel movements that you cannot stop from coming out. Having an urgent need for a bowel movement but having enough control to get to a toilet in time and avoid bowel accidents is not incontinence. However, it may mean that you have a bowel problem.