What is Stress Urinary Incontinence?
Stress urinary incontinence is common among women of all ages and increases as you get older. Apart from aging, other factors include childbirth, obesity or some form of a pelvic floor disorder.
Stress urinary incontinence is caused by a weakness in your pelvic floor, preventing your urethra (the tube that urine comes out of) from closing fully when sudden pressure is put on your bladder. This can allow urine to leak out during normal daily activities for example when you cough, laugh, walk or exercise.
Stress Urinary Incontinence
An animated introduction
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Sudden pressure
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Due to a weak pelvic floor the urethra cannot close quickly enough allowing urine to leak from the bladder to the outside
Bladder
the organ which stores urine
Urethra
the tube that urine comes out of
Pelvic floor
layer of muscles and ligaments which acts as a hammock to support your bladder and urethra
What to do if you have stress urinary incontinence?
There are solutions that can significantly improve your bladder control, freeing you to live your life, dry and confident.

Simple lifestyle changes such as losing weight, cutting down on caffeine and pelvic floor training may improve your symptoms. If these do not work, other treatment options are available.

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