Stress Urinary Incontinence
Stress urinary incontinence, which is the most common of five types of urinary incontinence, is a medical condition that causes a person to leak small amounts of urine whenever there is pressure on the bladder, such as when a person coughs, laughs, sneezes, or exercises.
In women, weakened pelvic muscles from pregnancy, childbirth, and menopause often contribute to stress urinary incontinence. Lowered estrogen levels during the week before the menstrual period and following menopause also contribute to causing stress urinary incontinence, as they may lead to lower muscular pressure around the urethra, increasing the chances of leakage.
Stress urinary incontinence can be treated with special exercises, called Kegel exercises, which help strengthen the muscles that control the bladder. Medicine and transvaginal placement of surgical mesh are other treatment options.
Bard Avaulta mesh, which is sometimes used to treat pelvic organ prolapse, has recently been linked to a number of serious and life-threatening complications. If you or a loved one were implanted with Bard Avaulta mesh to treat stress urinary incontinence and experienced a serious complication, you may be entitled to compensation for your injuries.