For Healthcare Professionals

What the Primary Care Provider Should Know

Accidental bowel leakage (ABL) is a common condition, but many patients do not discuss it with a doctor. It is especially common among patients who have certain risk factors such as bowel disorders (IBS, chronic diarrhea), diabetes, urinary incontinence, advancing age/menopause, and history of pelvic surgery or radiation.
Heidi Brown, MD, Urogynecologist and Assistant Professor of Obstetrics and Gynecology at the University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health, has prepared a slide presentation specifically for primary care providers about ABL (also called fecal incontinence).
This slide presentation is intended to help healthcare providers to:

  • Understand the prevalence and impact of ABL/fecal incontinence
  • Understand the pathophysiology and be able to identify patients at increased risk
  • Know how to screen for, evaluate, and provide initial treatment for ABL/fecal incontinence

Please email  if you're a healthcare provider interested in receiving this powerpoint slide presentation for primary care providers, authored by Heidi Brown, MD.


The American Urogynecologic Society (AUGS) and the Duke University School of Medicine partnered to develop an educational module on anal incontinence. This Continuing Medical Education (CME) module was supported by an educational grant for Pfizer. AUGS has generously allowed to host this module, so that health care providers interested in learning more about Accidental Bowel Leakage can do so. 

Please click HERE to access and start the CME module on Anal Incontinence. 


Treatment is available for all types of ABL. We will soon be featuring a treatment algorithm for primary care physicians and specialists, provided by Dr. Dee Fenner, of University of Michigan Health System. 

The American Urogynecologic Society (AUGS) provides physician education for Advancing Female Pelvic Medicine and Reconstructive Surgery (FPMRS). 


A goal of is to provide access to relevant research for healthcare professionals, consumers, and caregivers. Below is a list of research reports we hope you find helpful about Accidental Bowel Leakage.

Accidental Bowel Leakage in the Mature Women's Health Study: Prevalence and Predictors

Quality of Life Impact in Women with Accidental Bowel Leakage

Prevalence and Burden of Fecal Incontinence: A Population-Based Study in Women

Bowel Disturbances are the Most Important Risk Factors for Late Onset Fecal Incontinence: A Population-Based Case-Control Study in Women

Fecal Incontinence in US Adults: Epidemiology and Risk Factors

Current Management of Fecal incontinence: Choosing Amongst Treatment Options to Optimize Outcomes

Fecal Incontinence in US Women: A Population-Based Study

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