What is stress incontinence?
Urinary incontinence is a condition that can affect both men and women. However, it is most common in women aged over 30. Women can suffer from various types of urinary incontinence and, varying on the condition, symptoms can come and go, or can be constant and permanent.
The most common type of urinary incontinence in women is stress incontinence or SUI. Referring to physical stress rather than mental or emotional stress, this condition is defined by the pelvic muscles becoming unable to sustain any kind of sudden additional stress—or pressure. When sudden extra pressure occurs, so does involuntary leakage.
25% to 50% of women with urinary incontinence suffer from sexual dysfunctions.
In time, women suffering from SUI can begin to feel very distressed.
Psychological problems associated with urinary incontinence include anxiety, depression, fear of intimacy, and relationship troubles.