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How come I have stress incontinence, but nobody else in the family has it?
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Dr. Dennis Higginbotham
Obstetrics & Gynecology
7 doctors agree
In brief: Depends
Most cases of stress urinary incontinence (sui) are the result of pelvic relaxation due to vaginal deliveries.
For many women, kegel exercises can decrease the symptoms of sui. If your incontinence is affecting your daily activities, you should see a gynecologist or a urologist for diagnostic testing and discussion of treatment options.

In brief: Depends
Most cases of stress urinary incontinence (sui) are the result of pelvic relaxation due to vaginal deliveries.
For many women, kegel exercises can decrease the symptoms of sui. If your incontinence is affecting your daily activities, you should see a gynecologist or a urologist for diagnostic testing and discussion of treatment options.
Dr. Dennis Higginbotham
Dr. Dennis Higginbotham
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Dr. James Lin
Urology
1 doctor agrees
In brief: Here are why...
Fact: every life event is a process of lifelong making from genetic factors and lifestyle; no two persons are born equal.
So, the strength of pelvic floor muscle, lifestyle including child birth, weight, etc. Widely differ among individuals, even from the same family. Know to us, not every one with vigorous physical activities has inguinal hernia, and vice versa, because the inborn strength of ...

In brief: Here are why...
Fact: every life event is a process of lifelong making from genetic factors and lifestyle; no two persons are born equal.
So, the strength of pelvic floor muscle, lifestyle including child birth, weight, etc. Widely differ among individuals, even from the same family. Know to us, not every one with vigorous physical activities has inguinal hernia, and vice versa, because the inborn strength of ...
Dr. James Lin
Dr. James Lin
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Dr. Betsy Greenleaf
Gynecology
In brief: Many causes
There are many factors that go into developing.
Pregnancy, childbirth, straining, constipation, smoking, genetic strenghth of tissue, hard coughing, medical conditions.... Reource: www.voicesforpfd.org

In brief: Many causes
There are many factors that go into developing.
Pregnancy, childbirth, straining, constipation, smoking, genetic strenghth of tissue, hard coughing, medical conditions.... Reource: www.voicesforpfd.org
Dr. Betsy Greenleaf
Dr. Betsy Greenleaf
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Dr. Miguel Cano
Obstetrics & Gynecology
In brief: Joys of Motherhood
Possibly because no one else in the family has pelvic organ prolapse from either childbirth, vaginal trauma, or chronic vaginal pressure (like constipation with straining, work related lifting, trampoline enthusiast, etc).
It's not inherited. My guess is that you're the mom & have at least 2 of the above risks. Do your kegels and see your gyn if you don't improve or if you worsen. It's fixable.

In brief: Joys of Motherhood
Possibly because no one else in the family has pelvic organ prolapse from either childbirth, vaginal trauma, or chronic vaginal pressure (like constipation with straining, work related lifting, trampoline enthusiast, etc).
It's not inherited. My guess is that you're the mom & have at least 2 of the above risks. Do your kegels and see your gyn if you don't improve or if you worsen. It's fixable.
Dr. Miguel Cano
Dr. Miguel Cano
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Dr. Tucker Kueny
Obstetrics & Gynecology
In brief: Common problem
You are likely not the only person in your family with stress incontinence.
This is an embarrassing problem for many women, and they are reluctant to discuss it. This is very common. Talk to your doctor and get referred to someone who treats sui. This is an entirely treatable condition. Today's procedures are done as an outpatient and have success rates of 90-95%. Don't delay! seek care.

In brief: Common problem
You are likely not the only person in your family with stress incontinence.
This is an embarrassing problem for many women, and they are reluctant to discuss it. This is very common. Talk to your doctor and get referred to someone who treats sui. This is an entirely treatable condition. Today's procedures are done as an outpatient and have success rates of 90-95%. Don't delay! seek care.
Dr. Tucker Kueny
Dr. Tucker Kueny
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