Complications of stress incontinence may include:

  • Personal distress. If you experience stress incontinence with your activities of daily living, you may feel embarrassed and distressed by the condition. It can disrupt your work, social activities, interpersonal relationships and even your sexual relations. Some people are embarrassed that they need pads or incontinence garments.
  • Mixed urinary incontinence. Mixed incontinence is common and means that you have both stress incontinence and urge incontinence — the loss of urine resulting from an involuntary contraction of bladder muscles (overactive bladder).
  • Skin rash or irritation. Skin that is constantly in contact with urine is likely to be irritated, sore and can break down. This happens with severe incontinence if you don't take precautions, such as using moisture barriers or incontinence pads.
Feb. 07, 2013