What is Urinary Stress Incontinence?

What is urinary stress incontinence, and what is the cause?

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Urinary stress incontinence is defined as unintentional loss of urine from the bladder. This usually occurs from some type of action that puts stress on the bladder. The stress can be caused by a simple activity such as laughing, coughing, sneezing, jumping or exertion from lifting an object. Childbirth or pregnancy, a change in hormones, menopause and loss of collagen and elastin from aging, all contribute to this uncomfortable condition.

Chicago OB-GYN

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Urinarystress incontinencehappens when coughing or sneezing causes a small amount of urine to leak from the urethra, which is the tube urine passes through. The most common type of incontinence suffered by women is Stress incontinence (SI), especially older women. Women who have given birth are more likely to have stress incontinence.
A number of things can contribute to stress incontinence.It can result from weak muscles in the pelvic floor or a weak sphincter muscle at the bladder. A problem with the way the sphincter muscle opens and closes can result in stress incontinence. Chronic coughing, smoking, and obesity may also lead to SI.
Stress incontinence, especially in women, is often caused by physical changes to the body. Things that can cause these changes include:
Pregnancy and childbirth
Pelvis Surgery
Weakened muscles around the bladder

Visit with your doctor to see what options are out there for you. There are new laser treatments that entale no down time, and are virtually painless. The Femilift is on e of the newer more effective ones on the market.

FemiLift helps improve urinary stress incontinence

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Thank you for your question. Urinary stress incontinence is the unintentional or uncontrollable leakage of urine. The FemiLift procedure can help improve your stress incontinence. The procedure involves having a small probe gently placed inside the vaginal cavity. Then, using the incredible technology of the FemiLift™ laser the probe will direct thermal heating into the tissues of the vaginal wall. The thermal effects of the laser will encourage collagen production and help to remodel your tissues. Collagen is one of the building blocks of healthy skin and tissues and will help to strengthen and tighten your vaginal wall. After your initial series is completed, it is recommended to come in yearly for a maintenance treatment. Other benefits of FemiLift™ include:
  • FDA-approved
  • Non-surgical procedure
  • Non-invasive procedure
  • Vaginal tightening
  • Decreases incontinence
  • Increased lubrication
  • Restore a youthful vagina
  • Strengthens the ligaments around the bladder and urethra
  • Requires no downtime
If you are interested in the procedure, I suggest consulting with a qualified provider for a full consultation. 

Bruce E. Katz, MD
New York Dermatologic Surgeon
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Urinary Stress Incontinence is...

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Urinary stress incontinence is the involuntary loss of urine with the physical stress of activity such as coughing, sneezing, laughing or exercise. It is most commonly the result of damage to the bladder supports after vaginal childbirth. There are other kinds of urinary incontinence which can co-exist along with stress incontinence. Some respond best to surgery, others to medication. The management of stress incontinence includes an evaluation for all types of incontinence and is conducted by urologists, gynecologists and urogynecologists.

What is Urinary Stress Incontinence?

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thank you for asking this question. Millions of women are suffering from this condition.

Urinary incontinence is the unintentional loss of urine. Stress incontinence happens when physical movement or activity such as coughing, sneezing, running or heavy lifting apply pressure (stress) on your bladder. 
Stress incontinence differs from urge incontinence, which is the unintentional loss of urine caused by the bladder muscle contracting, usually associated with a sense of urgency. Stress incontinence is much more common in women than men. ( 2 to 1 )
If you have stress incontinence, you may feel embarrassed, isolate yourself, or limit your work and social life, especially exercise and leisure activities. With treatment, you'll likely be able to manage stress incontinence and improve your overall well-being.
In women the most common cause is pregnancy and vaginal delivery or excessive weight gain.
If you are a proper candidate FemiLift is an excellent choice for you to get treated and feel confident again.

Good Luck and Best of Health

Urinary Stress Incontinence

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Urinary stress incontinence is the unintentional leakage of urine caused by a physical motion, such as laughing, sneezing or lifting.  It occurs for several reasons. Vaginal labor during childbirth may weaken the pelvic floor, as will the loss of estrogen experienced in menopause, the aging process causes our vaginal tissues to weaken, as does surgery and several other factors.  Prior to Femilift, the only options available  to treat stress incontinence were surgical and they did not work 100% of the time.  FemiLift offers a non-surgical five minute procedure in the office with no downtime, no pain and no anesthesia.  It also has th added benefits of vaginal tightening which may contribute to a more satisfying sex life for both partners!

David Preskill, MD
Libertyville OB/GYN

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