Can Mental Stress Cause Incontinency?

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Stress Incontinence


The primary symptom of stress incontinence is leakage due to activities that apply pressure to a full bladder. High-impact exercise poses the greatest risk for leaking. But stress incontinence can occur with even minor activities, such as:

  • Coughing
  • Sneezing
  • Laughing
  • Running (sometimes even standing can produce leakage)
  • Lifting

Leakage stops when the stress ends. If the leakage persists, it is more likely to be urge incontinence.

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