Fecal incontinence is actually a more common condition than commonly thought. Lower bowel leakage can be a significant problem in both self care and in institutional health care. Anal plugs (informally known as butt plugs) are an effective means to improve the quality of life for those suffering from anal or fecal incontinence. The most popular anal plug is the Peristeen Anal Plug which is easy to use and inserted just like a suppository. This particular product can be used for up to 12 hours and easily removed to pass a stool
Some sufferers of fecal incontinence have controlled the issue using protective underwear (adult diapers) or absorptive incontinence pads. Alternatively, some users have found butt plugs so effective that they can be used as an alternative to adult diapers. Anal plugs have also been effective in controlling odor.
Anal plugs are generally made of medical grade foam which expands upon insertion to prevent stool leakage. They gently expand upon coming in contact with moisture from the lining of the anal cavity. They block stools, yet still allow air to pass. Anal plugs have a small string attached for easy removal.
Anal plugs (butt plugs) often have a very positive effect on the lives of people whose quality of life has been effected by anal incontinence.