What Products Help with Fecal Incontinence?
Fecal incontinence, also known as bowel incontinence, is the unintentional loss of stool. For a bowel to function properly and avoid bowel leakage, the nerves and muscles in the rectum and anus work together in a complex system, and when that system fails, bowel incontinence happens.
Common causes of fecal or bowel incontinence
People experience bowel incontinence for several reasons including diarrhea, constipation or nerve and muscle damage. Individuals with diseases that affect the central nervous system (for example multiple sclerosis (MS), Parkinson’s Disease, spina bifida, stroke, etc.) often have constipation or bowel incontinence.
This happens because there is an interruption to the nerve pathways. If the nerves that control the anal sphincter muscles or those that sense stool are damaged, it can cause constipation or fecal incontinence.
Medications can cause bowel incontinence by affecting bowel function, sphincter tone or cognitive awareness. Bowel incontinence can also happen if you have inflammatory diseases like Crohn’s disease or ulcerative colitis.
Both Crohn’s and Ulcerative Colitis cause diarrhea, which in turn can cause leaks. Loose stool and urgency from the bowel can cause even the strongest pelvic floor to leak if the toilet is not close enough.
Also, simply falling ill can affect bowel continence. An elderly person with a medical disease might be immobile, cognitively impaired and/or experience a loss of appetite and difficulties with drinking enough fluids. All these factors could increase the risk of incontinence. Being aware of stool consistency is important when treating and managing fecal incontinence.
Whatever the cause, fecal or bowel incontinence can be embarrassing, frustrating and isolating. Yet for many, it is a fact of life. It is a relief to know that quality manufacturers of incontinence products are paying attention by specially creating underwear, adult diapers or briefs and pads for these needs.
Managing fecal / bowel incontinence focuses on containment
With the right disposable products, there are a number of ways to effectively address bowel incontinence. Doing your research just got a lot easier. My Liberty has organized a list by protection level right here - and all of these particular underwear, adult diapers and pads can be found in one convenient place.
Slight or mild fecal incontinence protection
Attends Butterfly Disposable Body Patches are a soft, disposable patch that sticks directly on the skin, fitting comfortably and discreetly in the buttocks.
Attends Butterfly Body Patches
Butterfly users feel more confident and protected throughout the day. The patches are designed with long wings to provide hygienic removal, have an absorbent core and odour shield to protect against accidental leakage and a gentle adhesive that stays in place for comfortable protection.
Attends Butterfly body patches provide a simple and effective solution for people who experience the unpleasant surprise of minor bowel leakage or persistently soiled underwear.
TENA Classic Plus Briefs
Moderate to heavy fecal incontinence
An easy option to consider are booster contour pads from Tranquility, designed to contain a bowel movement.
Using a booster pad that tucks into underwear or a diaper can help in clean up and can extend the wear time of the "host" garment.
Tranquility TopLiner Booster Contour Pads
Available in Light (Medium-XL) and Heavy (XL-6XL) absorbencies, the hourglass shape of Topliner Booster Contour pads help contain bowel incontinence by providing a wide, absorbent area.
The pads are designed to allow urine to flow-through where the pad fills to capacity and then passes additional fluid to the disposable garment.
Tranquility Premium Products are backed by the Peach Mat Guarantee of unsurpassed overall performance in the areas of skin dryness, odour reduction, urine pH neutralization and the inhibition of bacterial growth. These have a soft, absorbent texture which makes clean up easier and provide an economical way to extend the use of a diaper or underwear.
TENA Heavy Protection Pads with Comfort Pants
For someone managing on their own, TENA's Heavy protection pads are designed for bowel leakage with good coverage at the back.
They come in three levels of absorbency from moderate - Day Regular or Plus - to maximum - Night Super - absorbencies. These pads can be worn in your own underwear or with TENA Comfort Pants, which eliminate pressure points.
TENA ProSkin Briefs: Adult Diapers in Ultra and Super Absorbency
TENA ProSkin Briefs in Ultra and Super Absorbency adult diapers with ConfioAir 100% Breathable technology that allows humidity to evaporate to maintain your skin's natural moisture balance, are rated for moderate to heavier bowel incontinence. These are recommended for people who are not very mobile and receiving care.
Abena Abri-San Special Pad
For moderate to heavy incontinence issues, we highly recommend Abena's Abri-San Special pad for fecal incontinence. Effective leakage barriers with ‘built in’ pockets that keep the bowel contents inside - even when released under pressure. Highly absorbent, this pad absorbs up to 2000 ml, 2 liters or 68 ounces.
Abri-Flex, Abena's line of high capacity protective underwear
Those with moderate to heavy fecal incontinence will find the line of Abena Abri-Flex pull-on disposable underwear are all great options as they offer very high capacity for both urinary and fecal incontinence needs.
Abena's focus is on individualized care, so you can choose the product based on size and how much absorbency required. Offering seven sizes from XS through 2XL and absorbencies from 1400 ml (47 oz) up to 2600 ml (88 oz), Abena Abri-Flex underwear has the right product for your needs.
Don’t forget the skin care
Prolonged contact with fecal enzymes and microorganisms is a key risk factor for incontinence associated dermatitis (inflammation and/or erosion of the skin caused by exposure by urine or feces).
Feces contain harsh enzymes and corrosive compounds that can quickly degrade the skin. If an accident has occurred, prompt removal of feces is important. Clean the skin gently with proper products for perineal care and put on a protective barrier cream if necessary.
No matter what your incontinence situation is, My Liberty provides disposable products to maintain your health and your dignity.
- Cindy Clegg