This refers to leakage that is typically associated with sneezing, laughing, coughing or jumping. The underlying issue is a weakened pelvic floor muscle that can’t hold urine in when placed under the kind of downward pressure, or ‘stress’, these events cause.
Stress incontinence is probably the most common type experienced by women. There are many contributors to a weakened pelvic floor muscle including pregnancy and child birth, being overweight, smoking, constipation.
The good news is, that with exercise, continence can be improved and in many cases, even completely restored.