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Stress Urinary Incontinence (SUI)

Updated: Oct 18, 2020




Leakage can happen to anyone at anytime. It may surprise us out on the basketball court or catch us off guard with an untimely sneeze. We may even experience it while we’re sleeping, having sex, or simply sitting up in bed.


Whether it’s a drop, a diaper full, or some amount in between, it’s worthy of attention.


There IS hope for those who wear dark clothing to hide leakage, feel forced to wear pads “just in case,” or feel uncomfortable with their bodies.


A healthy relationship with your bladder is one where YOU are in control. 


If you're here, you or someone you care about is likely living with stress incontinence, and it’s affecting daily and social activities. Our goal is to empower you with knowledge and a plan to prevent it in the future. There IS hope!


What is stress urinary incontinence?


Stress urinary incontinence (SUI) is urine leakage with activity or exercise. The action causes increased force or "stress" on the bladder, and depending on the severity of your SUI, leaking could be brought on by more or less strenuous activities. (Ghaderi, 2014)


Women over 60 years old are diagnosed with SUI more than any other demographic, but though they are impacted the most, aging and being female are not preconditions for SUI. Stress urinary incontinence also affects younger women, men, and even children. (Buckley, 2010) 


The American Urological Association provided this list of factors that increase the risk of getting SUI:


• Pregnancy and childbirth

• Being overweight

• Smoking

• Chronic coughing

• Nerve injuries to the lower back

• Pelvic or prostate surgery


All of these factors play a part in weakening the pelvic floor muscles. Urine leakage with activity is a sign that your pelvic floor muscles lack the strength and/or coordination to close off the urinary exit canal.


Let’s break down the anatomy!


The anatomy of  your pelvic floor muscles (PFM)


People of all genders