Are You Like Jane?
What is Stress Urinary Incontinence?
As the name suggests, stress urinary incontinence, or SUI, happens anytime you put stress on your body, such as when you cough, sneeze, laugh, or exercise. Even standing up can cause leakage. Specifically, this type of leakage occurs whenever your intra-abdominal pressure suddenly increases. SUI happens when the pelvic floor muscles that support the bladder and urethra are weak or because the urethral sphincter, which normally keeps urine from leaking, isn’t as strong as it should be.
How the story ends
At first, Jane tried physical therapy and medication for her SUI, but in the end she opted for surgery. Her doctor did further testing and decided Jane was the perfect candidate for the surgery. Jane has a good chance for a happy ending since studies show a 90-95% cure rate with surgery when patients are carefully selected, as Jane was.