Multiple Sclerosis can lead to Prevalence of Stress Urinary Incontinence in Women



For women living with multiple sclerosis, stress urinary incontinence is a troublesome side effect. Multiple sclerosis is a debilitating autoimmune disease that affects the brain and spinal cord. It occurs more often in women than men, usually between the ages of 20 and 40. Nerve damage in the brain or spinal cord often leads to bladder problems like stress urinary incontinence, frequent need to urinate, and a strong urge to do so.

A study conducted by the Cleveland Clinic Glickman Urological Institute was published in the June 2012 issue of International Neurourology Journal found that nearly 56% of women with multiple sclerosis suffered from stress urinary incontinence, greatly impacting their quality of life. This data was collected via questionnaires handed out to 143 women who had multiple sclerosis.

Stress urinary incontinence is the most common type of incontinence, and occurs when a person leaks urine while sneezing, coughing, laughing, or exercising. It typically affects women more often than men, thanks to risk factors like childbirth and obesity.

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