Urinary incontinence is the involuntary leakage of urine. Stress incontinence happens due to physical activity or increases in abdominal pressure (i.e. coughing, laughing, lifting).
Women with stress urinary incontinence may experience the following symptoms:
SUI is the most common occurring form of incontinence in women under the age of 60 and accounts for more than half the cases. One in every two to three women in the US experience SUI at some time in their lives. While pregnancy and childbirth head the list for causes of SUI, there are other health factors that may put you at risk, too. They include:
There are many treatment options as well as simple management techniques that can help you get your life back the way you want it.
There has been a dramatic change in the number and types of operations for SUI performed in the last 25 years. The most successful revolve around an FDA approved “sling” that offers support and stability. Urethra bulking is also an option with varying degrees of success. You can read about the types of surgeries and what to expect on this dedicated page here.
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