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A 32-year-old male asked:

What causes stress incontinence?

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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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A 41-year-old member asked:

What is stress incontinence caused by?

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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 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.
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.

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