Stress Urinary Incontinence
Stress and pressure can lead to urinary incontinence in men and women, but there are many treatment options available.
What is stress urinary incontinence?
Stress urinary incontinence (SUI) is the accidental loss of urine due to pressure on the bladder. This pressure may be the result of many different activities, including coughing, sneezing, or lifting something heavy.
This condition is most common in women—nearly 1 in 3 are impacted. However, men experience SUI, as well, especially after prostate cancer surgery.
In our online learning library, you can read more about the signs, symptoms, and possible causes of stress incontinence.
What are some of the treatment options for stress urinary incontinence?
There are many treatment options that can improve your stress urinary incontinence symptoms. These may include, but are not limited to:
- exercises to strengthen your pelvic floor
- strategies to manage how much fluid you drink and when you drink it
- lifestyle changes
- more frequent trips to the toilet to prevent incontinence episodes
- urethral bulking agents—injections next to the urethra to help your muscles work better and prevent leakage
- surgery—in some cases, your doctor may recommend a surgical approach to treating SUI
Your doctors will talk to you about your exact symptoms and concerns. This will allow them to determine the best treatment for you.
It can be hard to tell the difference between stress urinary incontinence and overactive bladder. However, it is important to distinguish the two types, because each is treated differently. This chart can help you start to figure out which type of incontinence you have. Your doctor can help with this, as well.