Urinary stress incontinence is defined as unintentional urine leakage caused by some kind of physical activity or movement, such as laughing, coughing, sneezing, exercising, or heavy lifting.  These movements place pressure or stress on the bladder and cause urine to leak out.  You may not experience incontinence every time you laugh or sneeze, for example, but any activity that increases pressure on your bladder, particularly when it is full, can cause the unintentional loss of urine.

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