Stress Incontinence Treatment

Stress incontinence occurs when urine leaks from the bladder because there is sudden extra pressure within the abdomen that affects the bladder. This potentially embarrassing condition differs from general urinary incontinence because it happens when the body is under immediate physical stress. This added stress is usually caused by things like coughing, laughing, sneezing or exercising.

Female stress incontinence is usually treatable, although many women do not seek treatment for this condition because they may think that incontinence is a natural part of aging. Or, many people feel embarrassed and don't tell their doctors. The reality, however, is that this condition is treatable.

Causes of Stress Incontinence

Stress incontinence is the most common type of urinary incontinence in women. A woman's risk of developing this condition increases with pregnancy and age. A number of things can contribute to stress incontinence. For example, urine leakage can result from weak muscles in the pelvic floor or a weak sphincter muscle at the neck of the bladder. A problem with the way the sphincter muscle opens and closes can also result in stress incontinence.

Chronic coughing, smoking and obesity may also lead to stress incontinence. Other common causes of stress incontinence include physical changes to the body, such as:

Diagnosing Stress Incontinence

To identify any problems that might be causing incontinence, your doctor will ask you to describe your symptoms in as much detail as possible. He or she may ask you to keep a diary about when you urinate and your fluid intake for a few days. He or she may also perform a physical exam and order additional tests that may include:

Treatment of Stress Incontinence

Treating urinary incontinence ranges from lifestyle changes to surgery. The right treatment for you depends on what is causing your stress incontinence and your preferences for treatment. The most common treatments for stress incontinence include:

Request more information about stress incontinence treatment today. Call (408) 946-9453 or contact us online.

Author
Gul A. Zikria, MD, FACOG As an expert in preventive care, innovative treatment solutions, and laparoscopic surgery, board-certified OB/GYN Gul A. Zikria, MD, FACOG, is a trusted practitioner who’s been in private practice since 1985. Dr. Zikria earned his doctor of medicine from Rutgers New Jersey Medical School in Newark. He went on to complete a competitive surgical residency program at Georgetown University in Washington. Dr. Zikria then went through a comprehensive obstetrics and gynecology residency program through the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center at the Magee-Women’s Hospital. He welcomes new and existing patients to his practice in Milpitas, California.

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