What is stress urinary incontinence?

Jill Rabin
OBGYN (Obstetrics & Gynecology)

Generally when we think about stress and pressure, we are referring to the emotions we feel as a result of life’s daily trials and tribulations. Incontinence, however, is a very real reaction to physical stress and pressure on muscles and tissues in our body.

Having stress incontinence is like having occasional faulty plumbing. Your sphincter muscles and/or pelvic floor muscles are not working effectively and can’t properly control a leak in your bladder. In some cases, this weakness can be so severe that standing or walking, in addition to other activities, can cause frequent trips to the bathroom or voiding accidents.

Stress incontinence is also referred to as:

1. Genuine stress incontinence

2. External sphincter incompetence (ESD)

3. Urethral insufficiency/Intrinsic sphincter deficiency (ISD)

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