Stress incontinence is caused by involuntary physical stress or pressure placed on the bladder, such as coughing, sneezing, jogging, jumping, lifting heavy objects, or laughing. When this stress occurs, the pelvic floor muscles are unable to hold in urine and it can leak out.
Stress incontinence is typically a side effect of injury, surgery or childbirth, all of which can weaken the pelvic floor muscles, or urethral sphincter muscles. As it is commonly caused by childbirth, stress incontinence is the most common form of urinary incontinence in women.
If you or a loved one is suffering from leaks with physical activity, it is time to see a physician. Tests can determine the type and severity of your incontinence, and a treatment plan will be created for you.