What is urodynamic stress incontinence?
Urodynamic stress incontinence is basically a type of urinary incontinence. Often, the condition is referred to in its shorter form – ‘stress incontinence’. In this blogpost, we’ll explain all you need to know, including causes, common cases and possible treatments.
What are the symptoms of urodynamic stress incontinence?
If you sometimes involuntarily pass urine when you exercise, cough, sneeze, lift a heavy object or bend over, then this could be a sign of stress incontinence. If you are unsure of your symptoms, then why not complete the short assessment on our platform. You can then share your results with a healthcare professional, who can confirm whether you are suffering from this particular type of urinary incontinence.
What are the causes of urodynamic stress incontinence?
Stress incontinence occurs when excess pressure is placed on the bladder during certain activities. For females, the condition can develop during pregnancy or childbirth, whilst for men prostate surgery can be a trigger. Other factors may include:
- older age
- a chronic cough
- pelvic surgery
- excessive caffeine and alcohol use.
Like all types of urinary incontinence, there can be multiple causes, so it’s important to get an official diagnosis. You can find out more on the section of our website dedicated to urinary incontinence.
What are the most common cases of urodynamic stress incontinence?
The first thing to know is that incontinence in general is a common condition – it affects millions of people around the world of all backgrounds and ages. You may have heard people talking about leaking when they laugh, sneeze or cry: these are often the sorts of jokes people make when they are worried about getting older or the effects of giving birth. In fact, there are many other common cases which are less widely discussed (perhaps because there is more embarrassment surrounding them). Urinating involuntary when you are doing activities such as exercising can be less humorous – but they do occur frequently. Rest assured that whatever your symptoms may be, there are people out there who share them. If you’re curious, you can read testimonials from other patients here.
What treatments are available for urodynamic stress incontinence?
Lots! From first-line treatments through to advanced therapies, there are various options available for those suffering from all types of urinary incontinence. For stress incontinence in particular, healthcare professionals recommend pelvic floor exercises as an initial solution. These can strengthen the muscles around the bladder, which can make it easier to control those leaks. In addition, pessaries are a possible treatment for females, and a range of medical and surgical options are available for both sexes. You can read about the different types of treatments on our platform. In addition there are a number of innovative treatments which are now being viewed scientifically speaking as having a beneficial effect. We’ll discuss these in the platform in the coming months.
That’s all for today! Thanks for reading, and for being part of our community to support continence.
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