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How often does vaginal birth cause incontinence and pelvic organ prolapse? How common are these problems after a normal birth?

How often does vaginal birth cause incontinence and pelvic organ prolapse? How common are these problems after a normal birth?

Tissue damage.: As the baby passes through the birth canal it can cause damage to the supportive tissues around the vagina, bladder, urethra and rectum. In time this can lead to mobility in the urethra and leaking urine with certain activities. It can also result in dropping or prolapse of the pelvic organs. Chance of these problems increases with the number of vaginal births and with age. ...Read more

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Incontinence (Definition)

Incontinence denotes involuntary leaks of body wastes from urethra or anus; that from urethra is urinary incontinence, which may be classified as stress, urge, mixed (stress + urge), total, & overflow urinary incontinence, signifying its timing & specifics; that from anus is fecal incontinence, which may be urge, stress, total, etc. reflecting the ...Read more


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Does prostate surgery always cause urinary incontinence?

Does prostate surgery always cause urinary incontinence?

No: There are of course different type of prostate surgery. Postate removal for cancer has a severe incontinence rate of 3-5% and a mild to moderate incontinence rate of 10-15%. Both are very treatable in hands of surgeons who treat this often. Prostate scraping and laser treatments for benign disease rarely lead to incontinenece buts is also very treatable. Bottom line:it happens and is treatable. ...Read more

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How does vaginal child birth lead to stress incontinence in women?

How does vaginal child birth lead to stress incontinence in women?

Damaged muscles: Childbirth can be traumatic to the muscles and nerves surrounding the bladder, vagina and rectum. The nerves can be damaged and small tears in the muscles can lead to prolapse and incontinence is some women. It's nothing to be embarrassed about. It is common and fixable. ...Read more

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Can urinary tract infection cause vaginal bleeding during sexual intercourse?

Can urinary tract infection cause vaginal bleeding during sexual intercourse?

UTi: Only if you have blood in the urine and that urine leaked into the vagina will you see blood in the vagina. ...Read more

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Can cystoscopy cause urinary incontinence in women?

Can cystoscopy cause urinary incontinence in women?

No: Cystoscopy is simply a technique to view the inside of the bladder with a video camera. It would not cause incontinence but may be part of the evaluation of incontinence in some patients. ...Read more

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Does pelvic prolapse cause incontinence?

Does pelvic prolapse cause incontinence?

Yes and No: Pelvic prolapse and urinary incontinence are two distinct entities that often occur together. In some circumstances pelvic prolapse reduces urinary incontinence due to increased urethral pressures. Surgeons often discuss issues of future incontinence when treating prolapse. A complete pelvic floor evaluation is important when planning surgery to avoid these issues. ...Read more

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Can a UTI cause vaginal bleeding?

Can a UTI cause vaginal bleeding?

Shouldn't: A UTI should not affect the vagina, however some women with a UTI will have lots of blood in the bladder and it can appear that there is blood coming from the vagina. ...Read more

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Can a falling bladder cause vaginal bleeding?

Can a falling bladder cause vaginal bleeding?

Cystocele: Yes -- it can happen if the wall is protruding out of the vagina, or if that part of the vagina is getting significantly irritated during vaginal intercourse. The bleeding is usually benign and self-limited, but any pain or bleeding associated with a falling bladder (also known as a cystocele) should be evaluated by a urogynecologist. It can usually be corrected with a pessary or surgery. ...Read more

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Can cystitis cause vaginal bleeding?

No: Cystitis is usually due to bacterial infection of the bladder, though non-bacterial cystitis also occurs. Neither type should cause vaginal bleeding. See this site for more info. http://www.mayoclinic.com/health/cystitis/ds00285. ...Read more

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Does vaginal spotting after masturbation cause a cescarian section?

Does vaginal spotting after masturbation cause a cescarian section?

Not normally: However, if there was a problem with the location of the placenta that could lead to a c-section. ...Read more

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How does vaginal child birth lead to stress incontinence in women ?

How does vaginal child birth lead to  stress incontinence in women ?

Tissue damage.: There's a complex system of supportive structures around the bladder, the rectum, the vagina, the urethra and the uterus that provide support to this area. Vaginal childbirth can damage all of these structures. This can result in stress incontinence and other pelvic floor issues like prolapse - when the bladder, the rectum, or the uterus fall down toward or through the vaginal opening. ...Read more

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Can spermicidallubricant cause urethral pain during urination?

Can spermicidallubricant cause urethral pain during urination?

Yes: This not an uncommon complaint. If it does not improve after the first couple voids you should be concerned about infection. ...Read more

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Does having sex during your period cause bladder infection?

Does having sex during your period cause bladder infection?

Essentially no: No more reason than sex at other times during menstrual cycle. Urinating, to empty bladder after sex is always good advice especially for women who are prone to urinary infections. ...Read more

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Besides an STD what can cause vaginal leakage?

Besides an STD what can cause vaginal leakage?

Many causes: Vaginal or pelvic infection can cause discharge. There are normal vaginal secretions that vary in amount from woman to woman and day to day. Bladder leakage and urinary tract or reproductive tract diseases can cause drainage or discharge too. ...Read more

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Can a UTI or kidney infection cause vaginal bleeding?

Can a UTI or kidney infection cause vaginal bleeding?

UTI and bleeding: A UTI can cause blood in the urine, due irritation of the bladder, but not vaginal bleeding. If the blood is only visible with urination, it could be the bladder. Kidney or urinary tract stones can also cause blood in the urine. If you are having vaginal bleeding, like a period, that flows while you are not urinating, then it would not be related to UTI. ...Read more

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Can a prolapsed bladder or uterus cause bleeding after intercourse?

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Possibly: Bleeding after intercourse is caused by many different possible reasons. A prolapsed bladder or uterus can expose the vaginal tissue (skin) to the elements and dry it out leading to cracking and thinning which could cause bleeding. More commonly would be infections or polyps (finger-like growths) around the cervix or even cervical cancer. Have it checked out to be sure. ...Read more

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My doctor suggests a vaginal mesh implant for my urinary incontinence, Is this a safe procedure?

My doctor suggests a vaginal mesh implant for my urinary incontinence, Is this a safe procedure?

A urethral sling: is a thin strip of mesh that is used to support only the urethra. This particular use of mesh has been very thoroughly studied and has a low (NOT zero) risk of serious complications and a high (85-90% in most cases) success rate. If your surgeon is experienced with these devices and you have been properly evaluated, it is a reasonable recommendation. I hope this helps ...Read more

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What do you suggest if my doctor suggests a vaginal mesh implant for my urinary incontinence, is it safe?

A urethral sling: is a thin strip of mesh that is used to support only the urethra. This particular use of mesh has been very thoroughly studied and has a low (NOT zero) risk of serious complications and a high (85-90% in most cases) success rate. If your surgeon is experienced with these devices and you have been properly evaluated, it is a reasonable recommendation. I hope this helps ...Read more

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Im 21 yo,with regular menses,never had sex,perfectly healthy,have copious,clear watery odorless vaginal/urethral discharge,is it.urinary incontinence?

Im 21 yo,with regular menses,never had sex,perfectly healthy,have copious,clear watery odorless vaginal/urethral discharge,is it.urinary incontinence?

Unlikely: Urinary incontinence is unlikely. At your age vaginal secretions are normal, especially with any sexual excitation. If you get itching, rash, or bleeding, see your doctor.
Wish you good health! - Have a diet rich in fresh vegetables, fruits, whole grains, milk and milk products, nuts, beans, legumes, lentils and small amounts of lean meats. Avoid saturated fats. Drink enough water daily, so that your urine is mostly colorless. Exercise at least 150 minutes/week and increase the intensity of exercise gradually. Do not use tobacco, alcohol, weed or street drugs in any form.
Practice safe sex, if you have sex.
Get HPV vaccine ...Read more

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How often does vaginal birth cause incontinence and pelvic organ prolapse? How common are these problems after a normal birth?

Tissue damage.: As the baby passes through the birth canal it can cause damage to the supportive tissues around the vagina, bladder, urethra and rectum. In time this can lead to mobility in the urethra and leaking urine with certain activities. It can also result in dropping or prolapse of the pelvic organs. Chance of these problems increases with the number of vaginal births and with age. ...Read more

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Could hpv or previous vaginal birth 8 months ago cause mild discomfort during sex?i have a low mild hpv. or What can cause uncomfortable sex?

Could hpv or previous vaginal birth 8 months ago cause mild discomfort during sex?i have a low mild hpv. or 
What can cause uncomfortable sex?

Many things: Many things can cause discomfort with intercourse including scarring from a previous delivery or vaginal dryness associated with breast feeding. A full history and exam is necessary to know with more certainty. Low risk HPV infections and mild cervical dysplasia due to HPV are seldom the cause unless you are upset because it is sexually transmitted. The brain is our most important sexual organ. ...Read more

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How long does it take estrogen to cause urinary incontinence?

How long does it take estrogen to cause urinary incontinence?

Estrogen and leaking: Estrogen does not cause urinary incontinence. Local estrogen is actually used to revitalize vaginal tissue and help with uterine prolapse. It has not been used to treat incontinence. ...Read more

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Can urinary incontinence be caused from my immune deffiancy condition I have leakopenia. Thr blood condition.

Can urinary incontinence be caused from my immune deffiancy  condition  I have leakopenia. Thr blood condition.

Unlikely: It is unlikely that your leukopenia is causing your urinary incontinence. Depending on the type of urinary incontinence you have (leakage with cough/sneeze or leakage with the urge to urinate), there are different treatments that would be safe for you. You should see your gyn for an initial evaluation. ...Read more

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Can nerve damage cause urinary incontinence?

Can nerve damage cause urinary incontinence?

Yes: Most specialists agree that damage to the muscles in your pelvis, many times from vaginal childbirth, can cause nerve and muscle damage which, with time, can lead to urinary incontinence. ...Read more

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Can urinary incontinence cause my spongiotic dermatitis on my vulval area?

Maybe: Incontinence can surely lead to chronic irritation of the vulva and can lead to these non-specific dermatitis. It is easier to treat the incontinence first and i would suggest you see a urogynecologist. ...Read more

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I have a urinary diverticulum, is that what causes my urinary incontinence. Should i get the diverticulum checked by a doctor?

Yes: The symptoms of a urethral Diverticulum can be subtle, but classically involve incontinence, burning with urination, and pain with intercourse. Often women will also experience recurrent infections. Surgery to remove the Diverticulum is the only option to resolve the issue ...Read more

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Does hydrocephalus cause urinary incontinence where ya poop come out like water.

Does hydrocephalus cause urinary incontinence  where ya poop come out like water.

Yes: Hydrocepalus is a well recognised cause of urinary in continence. Low pressure hydrocephalus is commonly noted in the elderly. A shunt procedure doesnot reverse this trend though stops hydrocephalus from causing further brain damage. The drugs(anticholinergics are of limited use. The neocontrol system called interstim also has variable response. Injection of Botox in th bladder holds promise. ...Read more

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Can cystoscopy cause urinary incontinence in women?

No: Cystoscopy is simply a technique to view the inside of the bladder with a video camera. It would not cause incontinence but may be part of the evaluation of incontinence in some patients. ...Read more

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Does being on lithium cause urinary incontinence and shakiness?

Does being on lithium cause urinary incontinence and shakiness?

It can: Polyuria and tremor are common side effects of lithium therapy. Both can be remedied if therapy has otherwise been beneficial. ...Read more

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Does prostate surgery always cause urinary incontinence?

No: There are of course different type of prostate surgery. Postate removal for cancer has a severe incontinence rate of 3-5% and a mild to moderate incontinence rate of 10-15%. Both are very treatable in hands of surgeons who treat this often. Prostate scraping and laser treatments for benign disease rarely lead to incontinenece buts is also very treatable. Bottom line:it happens and is treatable. ...Read more

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Can urinary incontinence be caused by decreased (improper) nerve function of the sacral nerve supply?

Can urinary incontinence be caused by decreased (improper) nerve function of the sacral nerve supply?

Yes: The nerve centers in the sacrum are very important for bladder function. One of the most important centers is at s3. Loss of s3 function can cause urge incontinence, bladder spasms, urinary retention or stress incontinence. ...Read more

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What causes parkinsons? Is it curable? Can it cause urinary incontinence?

Unknown: The cause of parkinson's disease is unknown. Some of the major symptoms are caused by loss of neurons in an area of the brainstem that produces dopamine. There is no cure yet for parkinson's but there are many treatments available aimed at improving the symptoms. Urinary incontinence is a common symptom in parkinson's disease and results from inability of the brain to suppress bladder emptying. ...Read more

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Can syndopa plus causes urinary incontinence for a parkinson patient?

Not likely: The patients with parkinson's disease develop over active bladder, which causes frequency, urgency and urge incontinence. In fact better control of parkinson ( with Dopamine type of drugs) can alleviate the urinary symptoms. Most commonly used medications for this purpose are: oxybutanine, detrol, enablex, vesicare (solifenacin) and toviaz. These can be combined with other medications such as flomax, rapaflo. ...Read more

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Previous Vaginal Delivery (Definition)

"Vaginal birth" is the term used to describe any delivery of the baby through the vagina (versus a c-section delivery). The baby typically comes through head first. Click on the animation or illustrated series above to see how a normal vaginal birth proceeds. If the baby is not head first, (e.g., breech) it may need to ...Read more


Vaginal Birth (Definition)

A vaginal birth is one in which the baby passes thru the cervical opening into the vagina and out the vaginal opening. Sometimes naturally, or sometimes with assistance with forceps or vacuum extraction to assist moving the baby's head thru a vaginal area ...Read more