Christian Seipp MD PhD
Consultant Urological Surgeon
Stress urinary incontinence is the most common type of leakage affecting approximately three million people in the UK alone.
Urine leaks when there is sudden extra pressure on the bladder, typically during coughing, laughing, jumping, running or any type of physical exercise. The leakage occurs because the closing mechanism of the bladder has become insufficient.
In women this often means that the pelvic floor muscles, which support the bladder, have weakened and cannot cope with the extra pressure. In men stress leakage is rare and is usually the result of an injury at the time of prostate or bladder surgery.
The following pages will present common treatment options to restore bladder control in both men and women.