Stress Urinary Incontinence doesn’t have to keep you from enjoying life.
More than 12 million women in the US deal with involuntary urine loss, also known as bladder leakage, on a yearly basis. Stress urinary incontinence [SUI] typically happens during coughing, sneezing, laughing, exercise, or other activities that put pressure on the bladder. SUI affects as many as 30% of women of all ages and backgrounds, as it is often caused by pregnancy, childbirth, or hormonal changes during menopause.
Stress Urinary Incontinence Educational Resources
The Agency for Healthcare Policy and Research recommends that women with stress urinary incontinence [SUI] first consider conservative, non-surgical treatment options before exploring more invasive approaches.
If you believe you have SUI, talk with a clinical specialist (a gynecologist, urologist, or urogynecologist) who can diagnose your condition and discuss appropriate treatment options. Based on the severity of your condition, treatment may include behavioral modification, pelvic muscle strengthening exercises (kegals), urethral inserts, vaginal devices, and surgery.
Stress Urinary Incontinence Support Resources
The following associations will assist you with locating a physician who specializes in treating stress urinary incontinence.
The American Urogynecologic Society, is dedicated to research and education in urogynecology and to improved care for women with lower urinary tract disorders. Members represent clinicians and researchers from a variety of disciplines.
As an educational non-profit organization, the American Urological Association (AUA) provides a wide range of services, including publications, the annual meeting, continuing medical education, and health policy advocacy.
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