This is the most common type of urinary incontinence, occurring frequently among women who have given birth or have gone through menopause.
Stress incontinence refers to physical pressure, rather than “mental stress”. When the bladder and muscles involved in urinary control are placed under sudden extra pressure the person may urinate involuntarily. The following actions may be triggers for stress incontinence:
- Sudden cough
- Heavy lifting
The amount of urine that leaks out involuntarily depends on how full the bladder is and how affected the muscles are. There are many other types of incontinence and conditions that may cause incontinence. If you are having difficulty holding your urine, it is best to check with your medical provider or gynecologist to determine the cause and possible treatment options.