Stress Urinary Incontinence
The most common type of incontinence is called stress urinary incontinence (SUI). This is when the bladder sphincter just gives way under pressure and a small amount of urine escapes on straining, for example when coughing, laughing, sneezing or doing physical exercise.
In severe cases, it can happen while walking or when getting up from a sitting position. Stress incontinence is usually the result of weakening of the muscles in the pelvic floor that surround the bladder. This often happens during pregnancy, following childbirth or after the menopause.