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Accidental bowel leakage (ABL), also called fecal incontinence, affects more than 15% of women over the age of 65 and can have a significant negative impact on quality of life.

ABL can happen without warning, but is often caused by pregnancy, childbirth, conditions that damage nerves and muscles in the pelvis, as well as aging. Though bowel leakage is a common condition, embarrassment and shame causes many women to simply deal with uncomfortable panty liners and ineffective home remedies.

The team at Penn Urogynecology wants you to know that you have options when it comes to treating ABL. We offer patients diverse options, including surgical and non-surgical treatments, that are tailored specifically to your needs. Options include:

  • Diet modification
  • Physical therapy
  • Intravaginal device
  • Anal sphnicteroplasty (repair of anal muscles)
  • Sacral nerve stimulation

As a leader in pelvic floor disorders, Penn not only provides the newest, most advanced ABL treatments, but we also give you access to the latest clinical trials. This research helps evaluate new ways to prevent, detect, diagnose and treat bladder and pelvic floor. To learn more about clinical trials and to view our list of active clinical trials, please visit the Women's Health Clinical Research Center.

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Women's Accidental Bowel Leakage Program Team

View a list of providers that specialize in the treatment of accidental bowel leakage and related conditions in women.

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