Stephen J. Schueler, M.D.

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Incontinence Stress Underlying Cause

Stress incontinence is caused by weakness in the muscles that support the bladder or control for flow of urine. When pressure increases in the abdomen, the muscles are not strong enough to counteract the force exerted against the bladder. As a result, urine leaks from the bladder. The pressure inside the abdomen increases during a bowel movement, or while coughing, lifting, or laughing.

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Last Updated: Jun 22, 2009 References
Authors: Stephen J. Schueler, MD; John H. Beckett, MD; D. Scott Gettings, MD
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