Living with urinary incontinence can be stressful. The embarrassment of having to run to the bathroom when you experience a bladder leak can make performing everyday tasks seem impossible. Luckily, there are multiple solutions to the problem.


So stress can result from bladder leaks. But can stress cause bladder leaks?

Psychological stress

Although research about the effect of anxiety and stress on incontinence has been minimal, it has indeed been found to increase chances of bladder leakage.


The contraction of the bladder is controlled by the nervous system. When in a stressful situation, your fight-or-flight response kicks in. An increase in heart rate means more sweat and more urine production. For some, the body’s immediate response is to send hormones that tell the bladder to relax and empty.


When in a constant state of stress or anxiety, the body remains in “stress-response hyperstimulation”. The hormones that flood the body and effect the nervous system during fight-or-flight continue to do the same work that results in an urgency to urinate.


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Stress incontinence

The other kind of stress that can trigger urinary incontinence is physical stress on the pelvic organs. This includes high-impact exercise, coughing, sneezing, laughing, sex, or heavy-lifting. If you are overweight or experience constipation, this also puts pressure on your bladder.


Stress incontinence happens when weak bladder and sphincter muscles have a difficult time contracting and holding urine. Therefore, childbirth—which stretches the pelvic muscles—is a common cause.


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Other solutions

Losing weight, watching your fluid and caffeine intake, and quitting smoking are great ways to manage bladder leaks. This may also reduce any anxiety that may lead to incontinence in the first place. You may also consider practicing pelvic strengthening such as Kegels exercises.


Electrical stimulation, getting a pessary, or receiving sling surgery are more extreme solutions. Medical professionals prefer to start by reducing stress and instilling lifestyle changes.


Remember that no matter the severity of your bladder leaks, Medical Supply Depot is here to provide you with the products that will help you live with ultimate ease and comfort!


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