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how can i avoid stress incontinence lbl on a long trip?

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Dr. Mitchell Schuster
Urogynecology 32 years experience
Stay empty: Stress incontinence usually means there is some mobility of the neck of the bladder that opens up the continence mechanism of the bladder. If the bladder is pretty empty, it is much more difficult to leak so keep the bladder empty. That will help for the short term. For long term, kegel exercises really help with stress incontinence also.
Dr. Mary Denman
Gynecology 24 years experience
Kegels: You can decrease your incontinence with regular kegel (pelvic muscle) exercises as well as making sure you regularly empty your bladder. If it is severe, talk to your doctor about a pessary or surgery for treatment of incontinence.
Dr. Betsy Greenleaf
Gynecology 23 years experience
Urinary Incontinence: Stress incontinence:leaking w/ activity/coughing/ sneezing or urge incontinence: a sudden urge to got to the bathroom. Avoiding fluids can worsen urge incontinence by making urine more concentrated and irritating bladder. Try product Prelief, which is a bladder antacid. Stress incontinence can be controlled with a tampon but change frequently 2nd risk of infection Resources www.voicesforpfd.org

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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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