Stress Incontinence

Written by Norene Anderson
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Stress incontinence is a term given to the involuntary loss of urine during any type of physical activity. This could be a simple cough or sneeze or it could happen during exercising. The problem happens when the muscle controlling the bladder storage is weakened or damaged. The sphincter is responsible for holding the urine in the bladder. A weak sphincter will allow urine to seep out with pressure on the abdomen.

Weakened pelvic muscles supporting the bladder are another source of stress incontinence. This can occur after pregnancy and vaginal childbirth. It can occur in men following prostate surgery. Other conditions in women resulting in urinary incontinence include pelvic prolapse with either a cystocele or rectocele.

Reasons for Stress Incontinence

There are several other risk factors for stress incontinence in women. These include obesity, smoking, and age. Almost one-fourth of women over 75 years of age will have urinary incontinence on a daily basis. This potentiality can be reduced by starting early in life with healthy living habits such as exercise, proper diet, and no smoking. There are specific exercises to strengthen the pelvic muscles. The appropriate ones for specific needs can be identified by your physician.

Many tests are available for determining the origin of incontinence. It is important to see your healthcare professional if you experience any uncontrolled loss of urine. There are medications designed to help. Surgery may be indicated as a last resort. Many excellent products are available to allow you to continue with normal daily activities. Avoid an embarrassing situation by wearing the protection to give the confidence needed to live out your routine.

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