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A 36-year-old member asked:

What causes stress incontinence in women ?

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Dr. Hector Chapa
Obstetrics and Gynecology 26 years experience
Various factors: Stress incontinence is losing urine without meaning to during physical activity, such as coughing, sneezing, laughing, or exercise. Stress incontinence may occur from weakened pelvic muscles that support the bladder and urethra or because the urethral sphincter is not working correctly. This could be caused by: childbirth, medications, obesity, smoking. Stress incont. Is much more common in women.
Dr. Scott Kramer
Gynecology 37 years experience
Torn Urethral Lig.: Begin with kegel exercises to strengthen muscles that close urethra. Some women leak because of poorly supported urethra after having babies, which can be fixed with a urethral sling as an outpatient 10 minute procedure with minimal downtime. Others need medication for over active bladder. While it's embarrassing don't acquiesce to suffer in silence, ask for help.
Dr. Betsy Greenleaf
Gynecology 24 years experience
Stress Incontinence: Stress incontinence: leaking urine with activity, cough, sneeze. It occurs because of a weakness to the ligaments supporting the urethra. Currently there are many treatment options. Follow up with a gynecologist, urogynecologist or urologist to discuss.
Dr. George Klauber
Specializes in Pediatric Urology
Stress incontinence: Multiple pregnancies with stretching of pelvic floor muscles & ligaments is probably the most common cause of urinary stress incontinence. These structures can also be affected by excessive straining by lifting or severe constipation.

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A 41-year-old member asked:

What is stress incontinence caused by?

3 doctor answers11 doctors weighed in
Dr. George Klauber
Specializes in Pediatric Urology
Weak pelvic floor: Muscular support allowing stress urinary incontinence causes wetting with coughing, sneezing etc), which can increase after childbirth or after menopause when ovaries stop producing estrogen and bladder neck and urethral lining thins out. Cystocele where bladder tends to prolapse into vagina. Uterine prolapse. Fistula between bladder and vagina. Many women are incontinent with urinary infections.
A 32-year-old male asked:

What causes Stress incontinence?

1 doctor answer1 doctor weighed in
Dr. James Lin
A Verified Doctoranswered
Urology 52 years experience
Depend...: Incontinence can be urge, stress, or mixed, or can be fecal or urinary. Here, let's talk about stress urinary incontinence (SUI) only - resulting from weakened urinary sphincter which is usually related with childbirth, pelvic surgery, aging, etc. in females and with prostate surgery in males.
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