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Suffering from minor bowel leakage can be extremely personal and isolating. Butterfly® was developed specifically to provide a simple and effective personal care solution for people who experience minor bowel leakage.

Butterfly patches are a smart solution for a derriere known to leak; an absorbent and odor-neutralizing patch that tucks between the cheeks to prevent soiled underwear and catch other minor bowel leaks before they can become a problem. Butterfly’s unique and proprietary design allows users to return to a feeling of normalcy and comfort.

Building on the heritage of the Attends brand as a pioneer in disposable adult incontinence products, Domtar Personal Care (parent company of Attends) acquired the Butterfly brand in 2016 to bring you the brand you see here today.

Minor bowel leakage is a common problem experienced by tens of millions of people in the US1. Minor bowel leakage (also known as bowel incontinence, fecal incontinence, anal incontinence, or “ABL”) is usually not a serious medical condition but it can be unexpected, can happen suddenly at inconvenient times, and can seriously interfere with daily life.

Bowel Leakage is associated with many potential causes including:

  • Childbirth – which can damage the pelvic floor muscles 
  • Hemorrhoids
  • Chronic diarrhea
  • Irritable bowel syndrome/IBS
  • Inflammatory bowel disease/IBD (Crohn’s disease, ulcerative colitis)
  • Nerve damage (due to diabetes, multiple sclerosis, or other conditions)
  • Prostate issues
  • Menopause
  • Advanced age
  • Medication side-effects

Don’t be afraid to talk to your doctor about your minor bowel leakage. They have seen it and heard it all before!

1Brown H. Accidental bowel leakage in the mature women’s health study: prevalence and predictors, The International Journal of Clinical Practice. 2012 Nov; 66 (11): 1101-1108.