Understanding Stress Urinary Incontinence And Effective Treatment Options

Women of the McKinney, TX area who experience bladder leakage when they laugh, cough, sneeze, or lift heavy objects may be dealing with a condition known as stress urinary incontinence. Urinary incontinence is bladder leakage that happens by accident. It can be mild to severe, and is most often very embarrassing for those who experience it. Women with stress urinary incontinence may hold back on talking to their doctor about their condition because it is uncomfortable for them, but it is important that women speak openly to their providers about this condition as it can be treated with the help of a medical professional.

Understanding stress urinary incontinence

Women with stress urinary incontinence will often experience bladder leakage when pressure is placed on the bladder. A simple sneeze or cough can result in unwanted leakage, and can become problematic for women who are not properly prepared. Urinary incontinence often occurs as patients age due to the weakening of the pelvic floor muscles that naturally occurs. Women who have experienced pregnancy, childbirth, and menopause may be at a much higher risk of experiencing this problem than those who have not. Additionally, pelvic organ prolapse, certain medications, and urinary tract infections can also contribute to this concern

What are some treatment options for women who experience stress urinary incontinence?

Women who have been diagnosed with stress urinary incontinence will want to work directly with their providers to discuss the best possible treatment option for their unique situation. Treatment of stress urinary incontinence may involve:

  • Biofeedback
  • Behavior modification
  • Injections
  • Medications
  • Physical therapy
  • Pessaries
  • Cognitive behavioral therapy
  • Bulking agent therapy
  • Electric stimulation
  • Sling placement

In some cases, a combination of treatment recommendations may significantly improve the problem and help patients feel more confident about their condition.

Learn more about stress urinary incontinence with Dr. Craig Ranch of McKinney, TX


Women struggling with urinary incontinence should work directly with their medical provider to get a proper diagnosis and speak to an individual about effective treatment options. At Craig Ranch OB/GYN, we are committed to providing patients with solutions that fit their needs. Call the office at (214) 544-6600 to schedule your consultation visit at 7900 Henneman Way, Suite 100.

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