Information for the public

The condition

The condition

Stress urinary incontinence is when urine leaks out at times when your bladder is under pressure, for example, when you cough or laugh, or during exercise. It usually happens because the muscles (such as the pelvic floor muscles) that stop urination are weakened or damaged. Treatment includes lifestyle changes such as weight loss and pelvic floor muscle training. If these don't work, surgery can be considered such as inserting special tapes (mesh) or slings, or colposuspension by open surgery.

NICE has looked at using extraurethral (non-circumferential) retropubic adjustable compression devices as another treatment option.

NHS Choices and NICE's information for the public about urinary incontinence in women may be a good place to find out more.

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