Embarrassment, shock, distress, and even isolation can be felt every time a little bit of urine leaks. Stress incontinence happens when a movement or physical activity puts stress on your bladder, causing a urine leakage. It can happen when you are exercising, coughing, sneezing, getting out of the car or even during sex.

What are the causes?

When the pelvic muscles and muscles that control the release of urine are weakened, stress urinary incontinence may occur.

According to Mayo Clinic, there are several factors that can cause or contribute to the weakening of the pelvic muscles and increase the development of stress urinary incontinence.

  • Childbirth
  • Weakening of the muscles caused by aging
  • Previous pelvic surgery
  • Excess weight which may increase pressure to the pelvic area

There are also certain factors that can worsen the condition such as:

  • Performing high-impact activities over the course of many years (i.e., running)
  • Obesity
  • Illnesses that cause chronic coughing or smoking
  • Smoking, since it may cause frequent coughing

Experiencing stress urinary incontinence can disrupt your personal and professional life. If you or someone you love has been diagnosed with stress urinary incontinence, consider a research study as an option. Women’s Health Care Research is currently seeking volunteers to participate in research studies for stress urinary incontinence. Those that qualify may receive study-related care and medication, gain a better knowledge about the condition, and may have access to possible new treatment options not yet available to the public.  Compensation for time and travel is also available for those that qualify. Click the button below to learn more!