Incontinence can be brought about by childbirth, aging or the menopause, as your pelvic floor muscles are stretched or weakened. This reduces how well your muscles hold the bladder and urethra, which means that when stress is put on your muscles – such as when you sneeze, laugh, stand up or jump – your bladder can leak. This can be both uncomfortable and embarrassing.
Stress incontinence can vary in severity, from needing to go to the bathroom more often and having to tense muscles occasionally to always having to know where the nearest toilet is and having to spend money on incontinence pads.
It is considered a chronic condition – which means that it won’t get better on its own without treatment. And for many women, the treatments offered are surgical, invasive and can cause even more problems.