If you have stress incontinence, you may experience urine leakage when you:

  • Cough
  • Sneeze
  • Laugh
  • Stand up
  • Lift something heavy
  • Exercise
  • Have sexual relations

You may not experience incontinence every time you do one of these things, but any pressure-increasing activity can make you more vulnerable to unintentional urine loss, particularly when your bladder is full.

When to see a doctor

Talk to your doctor if your symptoms of stress incontinence interfere with your activities of daily living, such as your work, hobbies and social life.

Feb. 07, 2013