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Can being chronically constipated make urinary incontinence permanent?

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Dr. Jeff Livingston
Obstetrics & Gynecology
5 doctors agree

In brief: Not permanent

Chronic constipation can make urinary incontience worse with the straining but over the long term it is not going to cause it to be permanent.
Incontinence can be permanent in many cases anyway.

In brief: Not permanent

Chronic constipation can make urinary incontience worse with the straining but over the long term it is not going to cause it to be permanent.
Incontinence can be permanent in many cases anyway.
Dr. Jeff Livingston
Dr. Jeff Livingston
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Dr. Carolyn Thompson
Obstetrics & Gynecology
1 doctor agrees

In brief: Possibly

Repeated straining to have a bowel movement causes an increase in the pressure within the abdomen.
This, in turn, puts pressure on the structures that support the pelvic organs, including the bladder. Constant straining over years may damage bladder support to the point that stress urinary incontinence becomes permanent.

In brief: Possibly

Repeated straining to have a bowel movement causes an increase in the pressure within the abdomen.
This, in turn, puts pressure on the structures that support the pelvic organs, including the bladder. Constant straining over years may damage bladder support to the point that stress urinary incontinence becomes permanent.
Dr. Carolyn Thompson
Dr. Carolyn Thompson
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Dr. Betsy Greenleaf
Gynecology

In brief: Maybe

Constipation increases risk of stress incontinence: leaking that occurs with activity, cough, sneeze.
This happens because the ligaments under the urethra are stretched or torn thus allowing the urethra to open and leak urine. Once this occurs the ligaments don't heal on their own. However, there are many treatment options. www.voicesforpfd.org

In brief: Maybe

Constipation increases risk of stress incontinence: leaking that occurs with activity, cough, sneeze.
This happens because the ligaments under the urethra are stretched or torn thus allowing the urethra to open and leak urine. Once this occurs the ligaments don't heal on their own. However, there are many treatment options. www.voicesforpfd.org
Dr. Betsy Greenleaf
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