Stress Incontinence: Causes, Symptoms and Treatment

Has your bladder ever sprung a leak when you sneeze, cough, or during exercise? This could be a symptom of stress incontinence. But fret not, this largely female affliction can be easily resolved with exercise, in most cases.

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What is Stress Incontinence? 

Stress incontinence is a condition where urine involuntarily leaks during an increase in abdominal pressure. This can happen when you cough, sneeze or exercise. It is a common condition, with 20 percent of women suffering from stress incontinence at one time or another.

Stress Incontinence Causes 

Weak pelvic floor muscles are a common reason and risk factor for stress incontinence. This is more common in women who have given birth, but may also be due to a weak core. Age is also a risk factor.

The inconvenience brought on by stress incontinence varies. In most cases, treatment of stress incontinence is simple; however, a small number of women may require surgical treatment.

Stress Incontinence Treatment 

Nearly all women with stress incontinence can be fully cured or may lessen the degree of incontinence. Pelvic floor muscle strengthening exercises are commonly recommended, to naturally strengthen the muscles that prevent urine leakage.

Tablets, vaginal cream, or even surgery may be recommended as treatment options for stress incontinence in certain cases.

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