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Stress Urinary Incontinence Solutions

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Urinary incontinence is loss of bladder control, which results in inadvertent urination during low level stress placed on the bladder, such as laughing, coughing and exercising. It is common in women who have delivered children vaginally. This leaking occurs when the pelvic floor weakens, which causes the urethra to sag. Urinary incontinence is a condition which can affect many women, especially following childbirth or in later life.

Stress Urinary Incontinence

There are several types of incontinence, including:

  • Stress incontinence – when urine leaks due to pressure from a physical movement, or exertion such as coughing, laughing or sneezing.
  • Urge incontinence – a person will notice a sudden and intense need to pass urine, which often cannot be prevented. People will this type of incontinence usually need to urinate frequently.
  • Mixed Incontinence – having both stress and urge incontinence

Urinary incontinence is a condition that can affect people of all ages, shapes and sizes. Although a lot of women are affected because of damage to the pelvic floor sustained during pregnancy and childbirth.

Most Common Causes of Stress Urinary Incontinence

Stress urinary incontinence occurs when the muscles and other tissues that support the urethra (pelvic floor muscles) and the muscles that control the release of urine (urinary sphincter) weaken. The bladder expands as it fills with urine. Normally, valve-like muscles in the urethra — the short tube that carries urine out of your body — stay closed as the bladder expands, preventing urine leakage until you reach a bathroom. But when those muscles weaken, anything that exerts force on the abdominal and pelvic muscles — sneezing, bending over, lifting or laughing hard, for instance — can put pressure on your bladder and cause urine leakage.

Your pelvic floor muscles and urinary sphincter may lose strength because of:

  • Childbirth. In women, tissue or nerve damage during delivery of a child can weaken the pelvic floor muscles or the sphincter. Stress incontinence from this damage may begin soon after delivery or occur years later.
  • Prostate surgery. In men, the surgical removal of the prostate gland to treat prostate cancer (prostatectomy) is the most common factor leading to stress incontinence. This procedure can weaken the sphincter, which lies directly below the prostate gland and encircles the urethra.

Other factors that may worsen stress incontinence include:

  • Illnesses that cause chronic coughing
  • Obesity
  • Smoking, which can cause frequent coughing
  • High-impact activities, such as running and jumping, over many years

Our approach

Taking a caring and understanding approach, our team of experts are able to determine and identify the root cause. This will enable the right treatment to help you to get rid of stress urinary incontinence.

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