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What causes stress incontinence?

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Stress incontinence, especially in women, is often caused by physical changes to the body. Things that can cause these changes include:

When the muscles in the pelvis weaken, the bladder may drop down into a position that prevents the urethra from closing completely. That can lead to urine leakage.

  • Pregnancy and childbirth
  • Menstruation
  • Menopause
  • Pelvic surgery
  • Problems with muscles in the bladder -- the organ that holds urine -- and the urethra
  • Weakened muscles around the bladder

From: Stress Incontinence WebMD Medical Reference

SOURCES: National Kidney and Urological Diseases Information Clearinghouse: "Urinary Incontinence in Women" and "Treatments for Urinary Incontinence in Women."

Reviewed by William Blahd on July 12, 2017

SOURCES: National Kidney and Urological Diseases Information Clearinghouse: "Urinary Incontinence in Women" and "Treatments for Urinary Incontinence in Women."

Reviewed by William Blahd on July 12, 2017

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