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What does stress urinary incontinence mean?

What does stress urinary incontinence mean?

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 more

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Dr. Heidi Fowler
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Stress (Definition)

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


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What causes Stress incontinence?

What causes Stress incontinence?

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. ...Read more

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What is self stress incontinence?

Loss of urine: 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. ...Read more

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Helpful site for stress incontinence?

Helpful site for stress incontinence?

Mayo and Tufts: www.tuftsmedicalcenter.tv/incontinence www.Mayoclinic.Com/stress-incontinence/ds00828.

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What is stress incontinence caused by?

What is stress incontinence caused by?

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. ...Read more

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What is testing for stress incontinence?

Tests for SUI: Urodynamics, or bladder function testing, is performed to evaluate the cause of incontinence. Although stress incontinence generally occurs with cough or sneeze, sometimes a bladder contraction is started and surgery is not the remedy, rather medication may help. A small catheter is placed in the bladder and vagina to evaluate this. ...Read more

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What causes stress incontinence in women ?

What causes stress incontinence in women ?

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. ...Read more

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What are the tests for stress incontinence?

What are the tests for stress incontinence?

Depends.: Sometimes no specific testing is needed. Other times your doctor may recommend urodynamic testing(bladder function study). A pressure sensing catheter is inserted into your bladder to determine how your bladder responds to being filled, how well it empties and to measure certain pressures. Your doctor can use this information to help determine how to best treat your specific symptoms. ...Read more

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Is part of having kids stress incontinence?

Is part of having kids stress incontinence?

Stress Incontinence: Stress incontinence: leaking urine with activity, cough, sneeze. It occurs because of a weakness to the ligaments supporting the urethra. It can occur from damage to ligaments with pregnancy and childbirth but other patient's can get it from straining or heavy lifting. Does not happen to everyone. www.voicesforpfd.org ...Read more

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Do a lot of people get stress incontinence?

Yes: Stress urinary incontinence (sui) is very common and as women age their risk for sui increases, especially if they have had vaginal deliveries. The resulting damage to the pelvic floor from vaginal delivery(s) is thought to be the leading cause of and for sui as well as other uterine and vaginal prolapse problems. ...Read more

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Dr. Scott Beard
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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


Dr. Michael Hulse
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Stress Incontinence (Definition)

Stress incontinence is the involuntary leakage of urine associated with physical activity, coughing, sneezing, or lifting. It is caused by pressure increasing in the abdomen, and results in the ...Read more