Stress incontinence describes what happens when the pressure in your bladder is stronger than your urethra. The urethra connects the bladder to the urinary meatus and expels urine from the body. Stress incontinence occurs when your pelvic floor is weakened or damaged, often through injury. The urethral sphincter is the mechanism that keeps the urethra shut. Damage done to the urethral sphincter may occur due to childbirth, connective tissue disorders like Ehlers-Danlos Syndrome, obesity, and urological surgeries such as removal of the prostate gland or a hysterectomy.
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