Incontinence: causes and symptoms

Stress incontinence is when you wet yourself during exercise, coughing, sneezing or laughing

‘A lot of women blame delivery for their incontinence but it may have been the pregnancy itself,’ according to consultant urogynaecologist Dr Suzanne O’Sullivan

‘A lot of women blame delivery for their incontinence but it may have been the pregnancy itself,’ according to consultant urogynaecologist Dr Suzanne O’Sullivan

 

Stress

Pregnancy and childbirth

“A lot of women blame delivery for their incontinence but it may have been the pregnancy itself.”

Overactive

“One symptom is having a strong urge and having to drop everything and run to the toilet,” says O’Sullivan. Other symptoms are frequently needing to go to the toilet (eight or more times a day, or two or more times a night) and, in some cases, accidental leakage of urine because of not getting to the toilet in time.

“It is less common in younger people but about 17 per cent of the population display symptoms,” says O’Sullivan. “Getting up in the night to pee, known as nocturia, can affect sleep, mood, partners. It is one of the main causes of falls and fractures among older people and is especially serious for women with osteoporosis.”

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