What facts should I know about stress incontinence?

Jill Rabin
OBGYN (Obstetrics & Gynecology)

There are a number of facts you should know about stress incontinence:

• Forty to fifty percent of women with incontinence problems suffer from
  stress incontinence.

• Stress incontinence is caused by weakness of the pelvic muscles, the
  connective tissues, and/or nerves controlling the pelvic floor or the
  urethral sphincter. Leakage of urine occurs when abdominal pressure is
  increased by activities such as coughing, jumping, and laughing and/or
  when the urethra must close but doesn’t.

• Noninvasive, risk-free exercises can help reduce the severity of leakage
  in the majority of women who suffer from stress incontinence.

• Medication is not a preferred method of treatment.

• A wide range of surgical procedures are available to treat stress
  incontinence.

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