Maritime Women's Bladder Health Stress Incontinence
Stress Incontinence
Urgency Incontinence
Mixed Incontinence
Overflow Incontinence
What Type of Incontinence do I Have?

Stress Incontinence

Stress Incontinence - failure of the urethra, the "valve" which closes the bladder.


  • The involuntary loss of small amounts of urine in response to increased pressure on the bladder (for example, when a person coughs, sneezes, laughs, or lifts heavy objects urine leaks out).
  • Stress Incontinence results from weakened pelvic support of the urethra and/or weakness of the sphincter muscle of the urethra.
  • It may be due to the effects of childbirth or menopause on the pelvic structures.
  • The weakened urethra fails to act as a valve to keep the urine in the bladder.

1. Pressure from the Cough
2. Bladder
3. Urethra

Information on Treatments for Stress Incontinence

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