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What is stress incontinence?

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Pregnant women usually have stress incontinence. Stress incontinence is the loss of urine caused by increased pressure on the bladder. In stress incontinence, the bladder sphincter does not function well enough to hold in urine.

SOURCES:

Wesnes, SL . , 2007 Apr;109(4):922-8. Obstet and Gynecol.

NIDDK: "Pregnancy, Childbirth, and Bladder Control."

American Pregnancy Association: "Kegel Exercises."

Medline Plus: "Urinary Incontinence."

Medem: "Urinary Incontinence."

Reviewed by Traci C. Johnson on July 15, 2017

SOURCES:

Wesnes, SL . , 2007 Apr;109(4):922-8. Obstet and Gynecol.

NIDDK: "Pregnancy, Childbirth, and Bladder Control."

American Pregnancy Association: "Kegel Exercises."

Medline Plus: "Urinary Incontinence."

Medem: "Urinary Incontinence."

Reviewed by Traci C. Johnson on July 15, 2017

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