Stress incontinence is a complaint of leakage of urine during activities which cause an increase in pressure in your abdomen (tummy). The pressure is often increased on coughing, sneezing or during exercise.

If your pelvic floor muscles are weak this can lead to an inadequate support of the bladder neck and urethra. This may result in you not being able to stop urine leaking when you exert yourself. Weakening of the pelvic floor muscles is common in women after childbirth. Other things like chronic constipation, the menopause and heavy or repeated lifting can affect them too. Persistent coughs and excess weight gain also put a strain on the pelvic floor.

Reducing the things in your life which put a strain on the pelvic floor muscles - like stopping smoking if that makes you cough, reducing your weight, or adjusting your diet to make sure you do not get constipated - are helpful.

Other treatments include Pelvic floor exercises or Surgery.

Please read the leaflet below for more information.

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