I have a problem with excessive passing of gas and being unable to hold it back. Needless to say, this can be quite embarrassing. I do not have problems with bloating, discomfort or constipation. I also seem to have excessive bowel movements. Some days every time I go to the restroom I have a small bowel movement. I try to empty out, but shortly after I find the need to go to the restroom again. Quite often while passing gas I will have a very small accident. I have discussed this with a doctor and avoid foods, etc. that cause excessive gas. The doctor thinks I have weak anul muscles that can be the cause. If you think this may be the reason, I would like to know: 1) how common is this; 2) do you have any suggestions to help me? Also, can infrequent (once every couple of months) anul sex cause this to be more of a problem.
I agree with Jenny; anal sex can certainly worsen the problem. Age can be a factor also; those over 65 suffer from fecal incontince more than those younger. Also, women who have had a baby with the help of forceps and/or an epsiotomy (a small incision to widen the vaginal opening) can experience fecal incontinence.
Do any of these apply to you?