What is Urinary Incontinence?
Urinary incontinence is a weakened control of urinary function resulting in urine leakage and can be treatable. The more common form of urinary incontinence presenting itself before elderly care stress incontinence. Stress incontinence is leakage of urine with an increase in abdominal pressure caused by laughing, coughing, sneezing, running, or other physical activities. It’s typically caused by damage to the pubo-urethral ligaments that support the urethra as seen in the images below. This damage can occur during childbirth, although symptoms may not manifest until later in life. It is important to distinguish stress incontinence from urge incontinence. Read below for more information on these differences.
These images show the progression of stress urinary incontinence.