People with stress incontinence often feel embarrassed, isolate themselves or cut back on work and social life, especially exercise and leisure activities.
Stress incontinence happens when there is a weakening of the pelvic floor muscles and other tissues that support the bladder and the muscles that control urine flow (the urinary sphincter).
Common causes of stress incontinence are:
People with stress incontinence should see their general practitioner (GP), a continence nurse advisor or a specialist physiotherapist. They may:
Need more help? Call the National Continence Helpline on 18OO 33 OO 66 and talk to a continence nurse advisor.
People with stress incontinence:
Stress incontinence can happen because:
Treatment for stress incontinence can include:
This information is not a substitute for independent professional advice.