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Involuntary Urine Leakage - Stress Incontinence


If you leak urine during normal daily activities or from movements as small as a cough, a sneeze
or an outburst of laughter, this could be a sign of what is medically called stress urinary incontinence and is treatable for any person of any age.

Roughly 18 million adults in the United States, male and female, have experienced stress incontinence, 85% of them being women.

Symptoms

Involuntary urine leakage during activities such as a cough, sneeze, laugh, position or postural change, getting out of a car, lifting something heavy, exercise, intercourse, jumping up and down.

Causes

Stress incontinence occurs when the muscles and other tissues that support the bladder (pelvic floor muscles) and the muscles that regulate the release of urine (urinary sphincter) are weakened or damaged.

Pregnancy/Childbirth: women are affected more often than men as a result of hormonal changes during and after pregnancy as well as physical changes after having a vaginal delivery.

Changes with Age: as women age the bladder muscles capacity to store urine decreases and with less production of estrogen approaching, during and after menopause, the lining of the uterus starts to thin which can aggravate incontinence.

Other factors that increase the likelihood of stress incontinence are, smoking, obesity, routine high impact activities and illness that causes chronic coughing or sneezing, chronic heavy lifting, constipation or a previous pelvic surgery such as a hysterectomy.

Treatments

  • Behavioral and lifestyle
  • Kegel exercises
  • Fluid consumption and limitation techniques
  • Dietary adjustments
  • Timed voiding or bladder training
  • Medical and surgical options
  • Pessaries
  • Bladder botox
  • Bladder sling
  • Urethral bulking

If you’re experiencing bladder control issues, you are not alone! We encourage you to contact our Clinical Care Coordinator via the question form with any questions or concerns during normal business hours. Or make an appointment to discuss symptoms and treatments options with a Women’s Health Group provider.

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