How to Manage Bowel Incontinence: The Best Adult Products to Keep You Feeling Fresh

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Key Takeaways:

  • You may experience 2 types of bowel incontinence, including passive and urge incontinence.
  • At-home and in-office treatments, such as dietary adjustments, Kegel exercises, pelvic floor therapy, and medication, can reduce bowel incontinence symptoms.
  • Tranquility ATN Briefs, Prevail Air Overnight Briefs, and Attends Bariatric Briefs are excellent products for controlling bowel leaks and may be free through your insurance plan with Aeroflow Urology.


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Bowel incontinence can be a challenging condition to manage, impacting both your physical comfort and emotional well-being.

Whether you're experiencing passive or urge incontinence, learning effective management strategies is essential for reclaiming control.

At-home and in-office treatments combined with protective incontinence products can help you maintain dignity in your daily life and manage your symptoms easily.

What Is Bowel Incontinence?

Bowel incontinence, also called fecal incontinence, is the loss of bowel control, resulting in uncontrolled bowel movements, resulting in leakage of solid stool (poop) or liquid stool (diarrhea).

What Causes Bowel Incontinence?

Your bowel movements are controlled by the muscles in your pelvic floor, rectum, and anus. When these muscles aren't working correctly, you may experience bowel incontinence that results in soiling or accidents. Causes of fecal incontinence include:

  • Disabilities or medical conditions (autism, Down syndrome, multiple sclerosis (MS), spinal cord injury (SCI), Crohn's disease, ulcerative colitis, etc.).
  • Diarrhea
  • Nerve damage or muscle damage (giving birth, aging, etc.).
  • Constipation
  • Pelvic organ prolapse (POP).
  • Certain medications.
  • Alzheimer's disease, Parkinson's disease, etc.
  • Type 2 diabetes.
  • Irritable bowel syndrome (IBS).
  • Inflammatory bowel disease (IBD).

Types of Bowel Incontinence

  • Passive incontinence: When your body can't sense that your rectum is full, resulting in fecal leakage.
  • Urge incontinence: When you have a sudden and strong urge to make a bowel movement, resulting in leakage.

Signs & Symptoms of Bowel Incontinence

  • Feeling a sudden and strong urge to make a bowel movement, resulting in fecal leakage.
  • Having traces of fecal matter in your undergarments.
  • Leaking fecal matter when you exercise or lift heavy objects.

How Is Bowel Incontinence Treated?

Some lifestyle changes may help you better manage your bowel incontinence, while others should be discussed with your healthcare provider.

At-Home Treatment Options

  • Incontinence products. Bowel leaks can feel embarrassing and challenging to manage, whether you're managing your own leakage or a loved one's. Fecal incontinence can also sometimes cause urinary incontinence due to extra pressure being placed on the bladder from the bowels, so incontinence products may be a great choice for managing both! Bowel control products, like adult briefs (diapers), booster pads, and underpads, make bowel incontinence management much cleaner, and they can lessen your worry and improve your quality of life by controlling leakage no matter where you are. The best part about using bowel control products is that you may qualify to get them for free with Medicaid and Aeroflow Urology
  • Dietary changes. Bowel incontinence may worsen if you eat foods that irritate your bowels. Ensure you eat a diet full of fiber, whole grains, fresh fruits, and vegetables. Avoid spicy foods, highly processed foods, and dairy products if you're lactose intolerant. Speak with your healthcare provider about which dietary changes you should make based on your type of bowel incontinence.
  • Hydration. Drink as much water as you need to during the day to keep things flowing. You can also mix fiber supplements into your water to help with constipation. Avoid alcohol, caffeine, and drinks with artificial sweeteners.
  • Kegel exercises. Kegel exercises, also called pelvic floor exercises, have been proven to improve incontinence symptoms. These exercises work by engaging and strengthening the pelvic floor muscles that control your bowel movements. Incorporate Kegels into your daily exercise routine at home, or speak with a pelvic floor physical therapist for in-person help.

In-Office Treatment Options

  • Pelvic floor physical therapy. Pelvic floor therapy helps maintain sexual function, core stability, and other critical bodily activities, such as bowel and bladder control. Your general provider may be able to refer you to a pelvic floor physical therapist. During your appointment, you can let your therapist know of your symptoms, and they can help you manage them with different techniques, such as biofeedback or bowel training.
  • Medications. Your provider may be able to prescribe you medication to manage your bowel incontinence symptoms. They may recommend laxatives, enemas, or anti-diarrhea medications.
  • Surgeries. Your healthcare provider may recommend certain surgeries if other treatment options aren't improving your bowel incontinence symptoms. These may include sacral nerve stimulation, an artificial anal sphincter, or colostomy.

Best Adult Incontinence Products for Controlling Bowel Incontinence

Aeroflow Urology patients receive free bowel incontinence products and other protective products through their Medicaid or Medicaid-managed care plans. The following products are some of the best choices for those managing bowel function conditions.

Tranquility ATN (All-Thru-the-Night) Briefs

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Why It Works:

  • Super absorbent to contain bowel incontinence leakage.
  • Suitable for overnight use and extended daytime use.
  • Inner leg cuffs to prevent leakage.
  • Cloth-like inner layer that's soft on skin throughout the night or day.

Prevail Air Overnight Briefs

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Why It Works:

  • Overnight absorbency for heavy bowel incontinence.
  • Microclimate Care for skin health and wellness.
  • MaxSorb Gel Technology to lock away moisture.
  • Omni-Odor Guard Helps to neutralize odors.

Attends Bariatric Briefs

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Why It Works:

  • Protects against moderate to heavy bladder and bowel incontinence.
  • Fits waists 63" - 70" (2XL) and 70" - 100" (3XL).
  • RapidLock Dual Core locks fluid away and neutralizes odors.
  • Interior leg cuffs to prevent leaks.

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About the Author

Marlee Septak is the Senior Content Specialist at Aeroflow Urology. She brings a deep understanding of incontinence and health conditions associated with it to her writing. She graduated from Columbia College Chicago and holds a Bachelor's degree in Journalism. Marlee has contributed to various magazines and blogs, including Borgen Magazine, Echo Magazine, Chicago Ideas Week, Assuaged, and Peaceful Dumpling. In her spare time, she enjoys traveling, trying new restaurants, and just sitting down with a good book.


Information provided on the Aeroflow Urology blog is not intended as a substitute for medical advice or care from a healthcare professional. Aeroflow recommends consulting your healthcare provider if you are experiencing medical issues relating to incontinence.