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Why do I pee when I cough?
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In brief: Stress incontinence
Stress incontinence or unwanted leakage of urine with activity, strain, cough, etc.
Is an unfortunately common problem for women as they age. More common after childbirth, it is commonly the result of decreased resistence in the urethra resulting in urine leakage when you don't want it. There are options for treatment, you should discuss this with your doctor who may refer you to urologist.

In brief: Stress incontinence
Stress incontinence or unwanted leakage of urine with activity, strain, cough, etc.
Is an unfortunately common problem for women as they age. More common after childbirth, it is commonly the result of decreased resistence in the urethra resulting in urine leakage when you don't want it. There are options for treatment, you should discuss this with your doctor who may refer you to urologist.
Dr. Matthew Thom
Dr. Matthew Thom
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Dr. Denise Elser
Stress incontinence happens in young women too, and is not only related to aging. Any woman after having a child is at risk, but so are young active or athletic women who've not had children. We can see stress incontinence even in teen athletes. Help is available.
Dr. Sahba Ferdowsi
Great answer!
Dr. Carolyn Thompson
Obstetrics & Gynecology
1 doctor agrees
In brief: Poor support
Loss of urine with activities that cause an increase in the pressure inside the abdomen can be caused by lack of support of the bladder and urethra.
Some options for treatment include kegel exercises to strengthen pelvic muscles, use of a pessary (http://en.Wikipedia.Org/wiki/pessary), and surgery to resupport the fallen structures. Discuss with your gyn to determine which is right for you.

In brief: Poor support
Loss of urine with activities that cause an increase in the pressure inside the abdomen can be caused by lack of support of the bladder and urethra.
Some options for treatment include kegel exercises to strengthen pelvic muscles, use of a pessary (http://en.Wikipedia.Org/wiki/pessary), and surgery to resupport the fallen structures. Discuss with your gyn to determine which is right for you.
Dr. Carolyn Thompson
Dr. Carolyn Thompson
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