Stress incontinence is the leaking of small amounts of urine during activities that increase pressure inside the abdomen and push down on the bladder. This can occur with sneezing, laughing, walking, lifting or playing sport
This condition is more common among women with urinary tract infections, menopause, pre- and post-natal women and younger women who have had children. Stress Incontinence in women is often caused by pregnancy, childbirth and menopause. Pregnancy and childbirth can stretch and weaken the pelvic floor muscles that support the urethra causing stress incontinence during activities that push down on the bladder.
In order to successfully treat this problem, it is necessary to perform a thorough assessment to exclude underlying medical problems, identify the cause and implement a management plan which may involve lifestyle interventions, pelvic floor exercises, bladder training or surgical interventions.