About Careers Internship MedBlogs Contact us
Medindia LOGIN REGISTER
Advertisement

Stress Incontinence - Risk Factors / Causes

Last Updated on Apr 19, 2013
Font : A-A+

Risk Factors / Causes

The risk factors that predisposes a person to develop stress incontinence are age, gender, recurrent childbirth, menopause, surgery and obesity.

Advertisement

Women are generally more prone to get urinary incontinence than men. Women in their middle age and beyond are more affected when compared to young females. Some of the risk factors that predisposes a person to develop this condition are discussed below-

Age

Old age is associated with many physiologic changes, which alter the architecture of the muscle in and around the urethra, thereby weakening them. This may lead to incontinence.

Pregnancy and childbirth

Pregnancy and childbirth, physical straining during labor or mechanical injury caused by the use of instruments during delivery are often the cause of incontinence. A woman who has undergone several childbirth is more prone to develop this condition.

Advertisement

Menopause

Menopausal women experience hormonal changes which makes them more susceptible to urinary incontinence in comparison to pre-menopausal women.

Obesity

Obesity is also a risk factor due to increase in the work load of the pelvis as a result of overweight.

Advertisement

Defect in valve mechanism of the urethra

A compromise on the working of the urethral valve, which is responsible for storing and emptying urine, can result in urinary incontinence. It is most common in women with repeated pregnancy and childbirth.

Surgery or Radiotherapy

Patients who undergo any form of pelvic surgery or radiotherapy for tumors in the cervix or rectum may develop urinary incontinence.

Citations   close

Please use one of the following formats to cite this article in your essay, paper or report:

  • APA

    Dr. Reeja Tharu. (2013, April 19). Stress Incontinence - Risk Factors / Causes. Medindia. Retrieved on May 21, 2022 from https://www.medindia.net/patients/patientinfo/stressincontinence-risk-factors-causes.htm.

  • MLA

    Dr. Reeja Tharu. "Stress Incontinence - Risk Factors / Causes". Medindia. May 21, 2022. <https://www.medindia.net/patients/patientinfo/stressincontinence-risk-factors-causes.htm>.

  • Chicago

    Dr. Reeja Tharu. "Stress Incontinence - Risk Factors / Causes". Medindia. https://www.medindia.net/patients/patientinfo/stressincontinence-risk-factors-causes.htm. (accessed May 21, 2022).

  • Harvard

    Dr. Reeja Tharu. 2021. Stress Incontinence - Risk Factors / Causes. Medindia, viewed May 21, 2022, https://www.medindia.net/patients/patientinfo/stressincontinence-risk-factors-causes.htm.


Do you wish to consult an Urologist for your problem? Ask your question

Dr. Anurag Garg
Dr. Anurag Garg
MCh, MChir, MS, MBBS
11 years experience
Teleconsult Now View Profile
Dr. Sunil Shroff
Dr. Sunil Shroff
MBBS, FRCS, Dip. Urology, MS
34 years experience
Madras Medical Mission Hospital, Mogappair
+ 1 more
Teleconsult Now View Profile
Dr. Ketan Shukla
Dr. Ketan Shukla
MBBS, MS, MCh, MChir
24 years experience
Aarogyam speciality Hospital , NAVRANGPURA
Teleconsult Now View Profile
Dr. Sahil Sheikh
Dr. Sahil Sheikh
MCh, MChir
2 years experience
Teleconsult Now View Profile
View All

Post a Comment

Comments should be on the topic and should not be abusive. The editorial team reserves the right to review and moderate the comments posted on the site.

Advertisement
Health Topics A - Z
A B C D E F G H I J K L M N O P Q R S T U V W X Y Z



    Advertisement
    Poll
    What is causing you stress?
    What's New on Medindia
    Prevent Hacking of Medical Devices: FDA Sounds Alarm
    Black Water: Benefits and Uses
    World Hypertension Day 2022 - Measure Blood Pressure Accurately, Control It, Live Longer!
    View all
    Advertisement

    Medindia Newsletters Subscribe to our Free Newsletters!
    Terms & Conditions and Privacy Policy.

    Most Popular on Medindia

    Pregnancy Confirmation Calculator A-Z Drug Brands in India Diaphragmatic Hernia Drug - Food Interactions Vent Forte (Theophylline) How to Reduce School Bag Weight - Simple Tips Nutam (400mg) (Piracetam) Calculate Ideal Weight for Infants Find a Doctor Sanatogen

    Disclaimer - All information and content on this site are for information and educational purposes only. The information should not be used for either diagnosis or treatment or both for any health related problem or disease. Always seek the advice of a qualified physician for medical diagnosis and treatment. Full Disclaimer

    © All Rights Reserved 1997 - 2022

    This site uses cookies to deliver our services. By using our site, you acknowledge that you have read and understand our Cookie Policy, Privacy Policy, and our Terms of Use