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Urinary incontinence explained

Published:Monday | January 26, 2015 | 12:00 AM

What is urinary incontinence

Simply put, urinary incontinence is an involuntary loss of urine that is a social hygiene problem and is objectively demonstrable (you can see the pee).

How common is it?

Urinary incontinence is very common in women, and the number of women affected increases with age. It can start as early as the early 20s.

Why does stress incontinence develop in women

Several factors contribute to development of urinary stress incontinence

• increased weight

• Childbearing, especially if babies were large or there were birthing difficulties

• Hormonal changes that occur with ageing

How do I know if I have urinary incontinence

• Do you leak urine when you laugh, cough or exercise?

• Does this happen often enough to cause you concern?

• Do you limit activities because you fear urinary leakage?

• Do you have to stop work or other activities frequently to pee because you can't hold your urine?

• Do you have to wear panty shields or pampers to avoid soiling from urinary leakage?

If you answered yes to one or more of these, you probably have urinary stress in continence. But how many of you know someone who has these symptoms, have EVER talked to their doctors about it?

Why not? Embarrassed. Think about the consequences ... odours, etc.