Have You Ever Accidentally
Peed While Laughing?
It Could be Stress Urinary incontinence
Stress urinary incontinence (SUI) occurs when you leak urine during exercise, when lifting something heavy or when you cough, laugh or sneeze.
IN SOME CASES
Women can leak urine just from standing up, walking, or bending over.
If you leak urine, talk to your doctor about your options.
Pediatric urology Includes the prevention, diagnosis and Treatment of Conditions involving the urinary tract (kidney, bladder, and ureter) and genitalia.
These conditions can be present at birth or can develop during childhood. In many cases, they are treated and resolved early in life.
SUI Is more common among older women
but it can occur at any age.
women have SUI at some point in their lives
have some form of urine leakage
there are options to manage this common condition
Several factors contribute to SUI by stretching, weakening, or damaging the pelvic floor muscles. They include:
- Obesity or being overweight
- Chronic coughing
- Pregnancy or childbirth
- Nerve injuries to the lower back
- Pelvic surgery
To diagnose SUI, your doctor will ask questions about your symptoms and perform a physical exam.
To keep a “bladder diary” of when you go to the bathroom
How much fluid you drink
What you’re doing when the leakage happens
Your bladder is the place where urine is stored until you’re ready to go to the bathroom.
Your pelvic floor muscles hold your bladder in place until your brain tells your bladder to contract. Then, urine flows through the urethra.
- The urethra is the tube that carries urine from your bladder out of your body.
- With SUI, the muscles that control your ability to hold urine get weak or stop working.
Treatment of SUI may include:
Simple diet and fluid intake changes
Wearing liners or pads
Doing Kegel exercises to strengthen your pelvic floor muscles
As of today, there are no drugs in the United States approved to treat SUI.
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