Have you ever been in the middle of a conversation, started laughing and suddenly you pee your pants?
It is embarrassing, to say the least. The first thing that comes to mind is “oh no I hope you can’t tell!” and then you run as quickly as possible to the nearest washroom. This problem is more common than people think. Many women tend to keep it to themselves and end up suffering in silence.
If this sounds at all familiar, then I have some great news for you! Yes, there is treatment available, and we can help!
You no longer have to miss out on playing outside with your children or grandchildren, being able to join your girlfriends for that exercise class or even a night out with family and friends. It would be liberating not to have to worry about what might happen when someone cracks a joke. Now you have found a new sense of freedom.
What is stress incontinence?
The easiest way to describe stress incontinence is the loss of bladder control. There is stress or pressure added to the bladder which can result in leakage when you laugh, cough, sneeze or any of physical movement.
Stress incontinence for some people can be as small as a few drips, and for others, it can be as much as a squirt of urine. Regardless, it can affect you as much emotionally as it can be a physically.
Stress incontinence causes
Thinning of the urethral lining
Weakened bladder and or pelvic floor muscles
Weakened urethral sphincter
Stress incontinence when to see your doctor?
If any of the following happen, you should contact your doctor to discuss further.
- When your incontinence happens suddenly
- When your incontinence affects your lifestyle
- When you constantly feel that you have a full bladder
Types of incontinence
There are several types of incontinence which also have different degrees of severity.
A small leakage caused by coughing, laughing, sneezing or another type of physical movement (Type 1, Type 2 & Type 3)
A sudden urge to urinate and not being able to hold it for any amount of time
A frequent leakage without having the urge to urinate or not being able to empty your bladder (always feeling full)
Unable to control any amount at any time
Stress incontinence risk factors
The following can increase the risk factors for stress incontinence:
- Body weight
- Previous surgery example hysterectomy
Stress incontinence treatment options
Depending on the severity of your leakage there are different options available.
- Vaginal rejuvenation (Nonsurgical procedure done with a laser. Ideal for light to medium stress incontinence)
- Exercise (Example Kegel exercises used as prevention)
- Radio frequency (This would be considered a short-term option)
- Surgery (Ideal for severe Incontinence)
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