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Does Stress Have Anything To Do With Urinary Incontinence
No: Stress in terms of urinary incontinence usually refers to sui (stress urinary incontinence) which is when urine involuntarily escapes from the bladder during physical maneuvers which place added mechanical pressure on the bladder. These include coughing, sneezing, laughing, trampoline, jumping, heavy lifting, sports such as running, tennis, golf, aerobics. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Stress affects most people in some way. Acute (sudden, short-term) stress leads to rapid changes throughout the body. Almost all body systems (the heart and blood vessels, immune system, lungs, digestive system, sensory organs, and brain) gear up to meet perceived danger. These stress responses could prove beneficial in a critical, life-or-death situation. Over time, however, repeated stressful situations put a strain on the body that may contribute to physical and psychological problems. Chronic (long-term) stress can have real health consequences and should be addressed like any other health concern. Fortunately, research is showing that lifestyle changes and stress-reduction techniques can help people learn ...Read more
Stress & incontinenc: The stress in stress incontinence means an increase of pressure like cough sneeze lift or weight causes the leak. Emotional stress increases tone and tends to help close the bladder opening more. Kegels exercises can help increase this tone as well and stop leakage as can biofeedback. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Leak w/pressure: Stress incontinence is due to a combination of weak ligaments and weak pelvic muscles. Commonly associated w/weakness caused by vaginal childbirth but can occur in women who've not given birth. The most common treatments are kegels or pelvic muscle exercise. Muscles can be too weak to exercise on your own; pelvic floor pt is the best method. Minimally invasive surgery can restore ligament support. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Physical stress: The term "stress" incontinence has nothing to do with emotional stress but instead means physical stress in the abdomen which increases bladder pressures and causes sudden episodes of leakage. Typical examples are leak with cough, sneeze, jump, lifting, or even getting up out of a chair. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Maybe: There are a number of medications on the market for overactive bladder and urge incontinence. There is no fda approved medication currently for stress urinary incontinence (sui). There are several medications that can be used with variable success. Typically the best treatments for sui are procedure based. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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 moreSee 2 more doctor answers
See a gynecologist: Urinary incontinence is very common and there are many treatments available. The treatment depends on the cause of the leaking. Newer treatment available over the last few years are highly successful. Your gynecologist can do the necessary testing or refer you to someone who can more completely evaluate your symptoms. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Leaking: If you are leaking urine....then you are incontinent. Sometimes it can be hard to tell if it is urine or a heavy vaginal discharge. You can try a pad test. Get AZO over the counter. It turns urine orange ( it will also stain other bodily fluids but not as much as urine). Wear a pad. Look at the pattern of orange staining on the pad. If bright orange then most likely urine. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
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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