Stress incontinence may be embarrassing, but it is also very common. Stress incontinence is a condition in which you leak urine when stress is put on the pelvic floor, usually when coughing, sneezing, laughing hard, or some movement. There are different potential reasons for this, but all are treatable. Here’s what you need to know.
Causes of Stress Incontinence
Stress incontinence can be caused by several factors. Many women experience this problem after a vaginal birth. Some women may not experience it until after several vaginal births. Other women do not experience stress incontinence until they enter perimenopause or menopause. At this time, it happens because the hormonal changes from this process can weaken the pelvic floor.
Most women know that they should be doing Kegel exercises routinely, but not all women are aware of how to do Kegels effectively. Kegels are designed to strengthen the pelvic floor so that issues like stress incontinence and vaginal laxity can be corrected or prevented. If you don’t do Kegels, you should start now. If you do Kegels and it doesn’t seem to be helping, you might talk to your doctor about learning the proper way to do them.
There are many other treatments available for incontinence. Which treatments might be right for you depend on the cause of the problem, as well as other health factors. Some women who experience stress incontinence due to hormonal changes can get some relief by starting hormone replacement therapy. For other women, there are various treatments available.
If you are suffering with stress incontinence, there is no need to continue dealing with this embarrassing problem. Contact us today to schedule your appointment to discuss your medical history and potential treatment options.