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Stress Incontinence Overview

What is stress incontinence?
A person with stress incontinence leaks urine from the bladder when pressure increases inside the abdomen. The pressure inside the abdomen increases during a bowel movement, or while coughing, lifting, or laughing. The increased pressure forces urine to exit the bladder, through the ureter. The muscles that normally prevent urine from leaking from the bladder are not strong enough to counteract the increase in pressure.

What are the symptoms of stress incontinence?
The most common symptom of stress incontinence includes urinary incontinence. Additional symptoms of stress incontinence include a constant urge to urinate, urinary frequency, and low back pain.

How does the doctor treat stress incontinence?
Treatment for stress incontinence includes behavioral therapy, Kegel exercises, medications, a bladder prosthesis, magnetic therapy, electrical stimulation of the pelvic muscles, or surgery.

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Last Updated: Sep 29, 2010 References
Authors: Stephen J. Schueler, MD; John H. Beckett, MD; D. Scott Gettings, MD
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