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Dr. Jennifer Skelly 
P: 905-573-4823 
E: skelly@mcmaster.ca

Stress urinary incontinence leakage usually occurs when you cough, sneeze, laugh, exercise, or do other activities and is due to increased pressure in the tummy and the weakened urinary sphincter and/or pelvic floor muscles. It can be caused by childbirth, weight gain, or other conditions that make the pelvic floor muscles weak. When these muscles cannot support your bladder/urethra properly, the bladder may drop down into the vagina.

Urge urinary incontinence is caused by an overactive bladder muscle that pushes urine out of the bladder. It may be caused by irritation of the bladder, emotional stress, or health conditions that affect the brain. Urge urinary incontinence often goes along with a sudden unexpected urge to urinate and is not related to activity.

Mixed urinary incontinence is a combination of urge and stress urinary incontinence.

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