Causes of Stress Urinary Incontinence

What are the Causes of Stress Urinary Incontinence (SUI)?

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There is never one single factor that causes SUI. It usually involves a combination of stressors. Below listed are a few of the known contributors:

  • Nerve or muscle damage from childbirth or surgical trauma
    (number of vaginal deliveries, size of babies, use of vacuum or forceps, length of labour, degree of tearing)
  • Chronic constipation
  • Chronic cough (due to smoking or lung disease)
  • Overweight
  • Menopause
  • Hysterectomy
  • Poor collagen (genetically determined)
  • Increased age
  • Anatomical predisposition
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