Urinary Stress Incontinence

Urinary stress incontinence is an involuntary loss of urine that occurs during physical activity, such as coughing, sneezing, laughing, or exercise. It’s caused when the tissues that support the bladder or the muscles of the urethra weaken.

Of the five types of urinary incontinence, stress incontinence is the most common. It often occurs in those who have had multiple pregnancies and vaginal childbirths, and who suffer from pelvic prolapse. Other risk factors for developing stress incontinence include chronic coughing (such as chronic bronchitis and asthma), getting older, obesity, and smoking.

Treatment differs depending on how severe the symptoms are and how much they interfere with your daily life. Options include behavioral changes (such as avoiding caffeinated and alcoholic beverages), medication, pelvic floor muscle exercises (called Kegel exercises), and surgery. GYN-OB Associates is home to a state-of-the-art Urinary Incontinence Center and has several physicians and nurse practitioners on staff who specialize in treating this condition. If you’re experiencing bladder control symptoms, please call 508-679-0911 to schedule an appointment. In most cases, urinary incontinence can be greatly improved with treatment.

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