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Does stress have anything to do with urinary incontinence?

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Dr. Hugo Ribot
Obstetrics & Gynecology
3 doctors agree

In brief: 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.

In brief: 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.
Dr. Hugo Ribot
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Dr. Betsy Greenleaf
Gynecology

In brief: Urinary Incontinence

Few types of incontinence: stress incontinence: leaking w/ activity/coughing/ sneezing or urge incontinence: a sudden urge to got to the bathroom. So "stress" incontinence is 2nd to a stress or pressure on the pelvis.
Psychologic stress can effect the bladder in other ways. Interstitial Cystitis can be worsened with mental stress. See a urogynecologist or urologist for further evaluation

In brief: Urinary Incontinence

Few types of incontinence: stress incontinence: leaking w/ activity/coughing/ sneezing or urge incontinence: a sudden urge to got to the bathroom. So "stress" incontinence is 2nd to a stress or pressure on the pelvis.
Psychologic stress can effect the bladder in other ways. Interstitial Cystitis can be worsened with mental stress. See a urogynecologist or urologist for further evaluation
Dr. Betsy Greenleaf
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Dr. Denise Elser
Gynecology

In brief: Can worsen it

Stress incontinence is a term that refers to sudden spurts of urine loss with physical stress on the bladder, and has nothing to do with emotional stress.
Overactive bladder (oab) however, can be affected by hypertonic pelvic floor muscles. Chronic muscle tension can be worsened by emotional stress.

In brief: Can worsen it

Stress incontinence is a term that refers to sudden spurts of urine loss with physical stress on the bladder, and has nothing to do with emotional stress.
Overactive bladder (oab) however, can be affected by hypertonic pelvic floor muscles. Chronic muscle tension can be worsened by emotional stress.
Dr. Denise Elser
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Dr. Eulogio Galvez
General Practice

In brief: Yes

Emotional stress can cause urinary incontinence.
My line of practice is in surgery and self-healing meditation to treat cancers and chronic illnesses such as anxiety-depression, emotional stress, anger and hatred, etc. As a secondary support management of complementary medicine.

In brief: Yes

Emotional stress can cause urinary incontinence.
My line of practice is in surgery and self-healing meditation to treat cancers and chronic illnesses such as anxiety-depression, emotional stress, anger and hatred, etc. As a secondary support management of complementary medicine.
Dr. Eulogio Galvez
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