If you experience urine leaking during the day, especially when you laugh, cough, or exercise for an extended period of time, you might be dealing with stress urinary incontinence. When any kind of activity or stress puts a strain or pressure on your bladder, you can lose urine. This isn’t a situation associated with stress that you might feel physically or emotionally. This is a condition that usually impacts more women than men, especially after having children. Fortunately, there are things that you can do to strengthen your bladder so you feel better about doing physical activities again and being around other people without being concerned with urine leakage.
There are a few times when you might experience urine leakage more than others, such as when you cough or sneeze. These are activities that often put the most pressure on your bladder. Getting out of a vehicle or lifting heavy objects can result in urine leakage as well. You might notice incontinence when you stand up after sitting for a long period of time and even after sexual intercourse as this can put a significant amount of pressure on your bladder. Keep in mind that you likely won’t leak urine during every activity. It could occur once or twice during the day or during the week. You might experience urinary incontinence a few times a month depending on the muscles of your bladder and the stress that activities put on your bladder. You’ll usually experience stress incontinence more often when your bladder is full compared to when it’s not full after using the bathroom. If you’re embarrassed or feel that the symptoms are getting worse, then you might want to talk to your doctor to find out what types of treatments are available.
When the muscles supporting the bladder and other parts of the urinary system get weaker, then you’ll often notice more symptoms associated with stress urinary incontinence. If the muscles don’t weaken over time, then you might not experience this issue. When your bladder begins to fill with urine, the muscles associated with your bladder and urethra will usually stay closed until you feel the urge to go to the bathroom to empty your bladder. During stress incontinence, the muscles don’t control the bladder as they normally would, allowing a small amount of urine to leak through the urethra until you do go to the bathroom.
To learn more about stress urinary incontinence and what you can do about it, we warmly invite you to make an appointment with DermaNuva Skin and Health Care. At our convenient location in Olds, our caring and dedicated team of professionals will be pleased to explain this condition to you in full and answer any questions you may have. Contact us today to set up your consultation!