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A 33-year-old member asked:

are you required to have a prolapse to have stress incontinence?

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Dr. Scott Beard
Urogynecology 25 years experience
No: Not at all.
Dr. Darren Mack
Urology 12 years experience
No, not at all.: Stress incontinence can occur due to any disorder in which the pelvic floor cannot support the increased intra-abdominal pressure that precedes stress incontinence. A thorough history and physical exam can help illuminate the cause for stress incontinence. Often, urodynamics testing and cystoscopy are indicated to rule out other disorders causing the incontinence. A urologist can help you.
Dr. Mary Denman
Gynecology 24 years experience
No: Not at all. Though they are sometimes related, there are plenty of people who have only one or the other.
Dr. Betsy Greenleaf
Gynecology 23 years experience
No: Stress incontinence and prolapse often go together but they can be independent conditions. Stress incontinence occurs because of weakness to the tissue that holds up the urethra where prolapse occurs because of weakness to tissue/ligaments/fascia that hold up either bladder, vagina, uterus or rectum. Good resource for further info: www.voicesforpfd.org
Dr. Jerome Yaklic
Obstetrics and Gynecology 29 years experience
No: While prolapse and Stress incontinence often coexist, they can both occur in isolation. Patients can have incontinence without prolapse or prolapse without incontinence.

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A 25-year-old member asked:

Are there neurologic causes of stress incontinence?

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Dr. Denise Elser
Specializes in Gynecology
Absolutely: A number of conditions from stroke, parkinsons, multiple sclerosis, spinal stenosis, neuropathy, spinal cord injury, spina bifida and pelvic nerve injury can cause incontinence. While neurologic conditions are commonly thought to lead to overactive bladder or bladder spasm, the nerve supply to the urethra can be damaged, leaving the bladder weak and causing stress leakage.
A 40-year-old member asked:

What are some good stress incontinence devices?

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Dr. Denise Elser
Specializes in Gynecology
Few exist: I will assume that you are referring to nonsurgical devices for women. 1) pessaries can be worn vaginally and put pressure on the bladder opening (urethra) from underneath & help block urine loss. 2) urethral "plugs" exist which are small devices inserted into urethral opening & are removed for urination. 3) soft caps that "suction" on over the urethral opening and are removed to urinate.
A 36-year-old member asked:

Do a lot of people get stress incontinence?

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Dr. Valentin Drezaliu
Obstetrics and Gynecology 20 years experience
Depends: Stress incontinece is mostly seen in women. It is seen after multiple vaginal deliveries that afects over time the pelvic floor anatomy that leads in the end to stress urinary incontinece. It is more often in the younger population compared with urge urinary incontinence.
A member asked:

Do doctors see a lot of patients with stress incontinence?

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Dr. Wesley Grootwassink
Obstetrics and Gynecology 30 years experience
Sadly yes: Stress incontinence is very common in women especially after child birth. The good news ther are some less invasive and very effective treatments to fix this common problem.
A 46-year-old member asked:

My mom gets stress incontinence, so am I likely to get it later?

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Dr. Tucker Kueny
Specializes in Obstetrics and Gynecology
Unlikley: The most common risk factors for stress incontinence (sui) are having vaginal deliveries, chronic coughing or straining, and being overweight. Family history does not seem to be large risk factor unless your family a rare tissue disorder that makes your tissues weak. This is uncommon. The most important things that you can do are staying a normal weight, not smoking, and doing your kegels.

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