Urologist Questions Urinary Incontinence

Can pregnancy cause permanent urinary incontinence?

I am 34 years old and I recently delivered my second baby. I had urinary incontinence during my pregnancy, but now, even after my delivery, I still have it. Will it be a permanent condition or can it be treated over time?

5 Answers

Unfortunately, sometimes this is permanent. If you work on your kegel exercises, this will improve.
Yes, but if you are treated early with real kegels, you can help delay or stop the progression of the issues.
Unfortunately, having children with vaginal delivery is one of the most common causes of urinary incontinence in women. Yes, this can be treated.
It's not always permanent. Make sure you're doing Kegel exercises. I recommend 20 contractions for 5 seconds each and do this 3 times a day. Give it time, things are likely to improve.

Roscoe S. Nelson, MD
It is due to the relaxation of the pelvic muscle group. This likely is happening with coughing, sneezing and lifting etc. It is called stress incontinence. Doing Kegel exercise may help. If that fails, there is a surgical fix to that with proper work up.