Physical activities such as heavy lifting, sexual intercourse, and exercise can cause a patient with stress incontinence to urinate. Other activities, such as laughing, sneezing, and coughing, can also put pressure in the patient’s abdomen and trigger stress incontinence.
Several groups of patients are more at risk of developing stress incontinence than others. Generally, the condition is more prevalent in senior citizens, women who have just given birth, and people who are overweight or obese. This is because those conditions are common risk factors for stress incontinence. Taking certain medications or undergoing surgery in the pelvic or prostate area may also lead to stress incontinence.
Symptoms of Stress Incontinence
The symptoms of stress incontinence are easy to identify, with the primary being loss of bladder control during physical activity. This can be as small as the release of a few drops of urine or a larger flow.
There are also severe cases where pressure from an overburdened bladder causes involuntary urination. This typically happens without the patient feeling the need to pee prior.