Urinary incontinence is the unintentional loss of urine. Stress incontinence (SUI) happens when physical movement or activity — such as coughing, sneezing, running, or heavy lifting — puts pressure (stress) on your bladder. It is not related to psychological stress.
Stress Urinary Incontinence
Stress incontinence affects one in three women over 45 years old. It is much more common in women than in men. Women most commonly develop SUI from changes that happen in pregnancy or childbirth which weaken the support to the urethra. Chronic coughing, constipation, obesity, aging, smoking, or extreme weight lifting can cause SUI. Genetics may also play a role.
Stress Urinary Incontinence Differences
Stress incontinence differs from urge incontinence, which is the unintentional loss of urine caused by the bladder muscle contractions, usually associated with a sense of urgency. If you have stress incontinence, you may feel embarrassed, isolate yourself, or limit your work and social life, especially exercise and leisure activities. With treatment, you'll likely be able to manage stress incontinence and improve your overall well-being.
- A Patient's Guide to Stress Urinary Incontinence
- Talking to Your Doctor about SUI
- SUI and Surgical Meshes
- Frequently Asked Questions about SUI
- Loss of Bladder Control
- Strengthening Your Pelvic Floor Muscles
- SUI Bladder Diary
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