Learn more about Stress Urinary Incontinence
What is stress urinary incontinence?

Stress urinary incontinence is very common among women of all ages and increases as you get older. Apart from aging, other factors include childbirth, obesity or some form of a pelvic floor disorder.

Stress urinary incontinence is caused by a weakness in your pelvic floor, preventing your urethra (the tube that urine comes out of) from closing fully when sudden pressure is put on your bladder. This can allow urine to leak out during normal daily activities for example when you cough, laugh, walk or exercise.


What is urethral bulking?

Urethral bulking involves the injection of a soft hydrogel (the size of a pea) like Bulkamid, into 3 or 4 locations in the urethral wall using a small telescope. The total volume injected is around 2mls.

Bulkamid aims to restore the natural closing pressure of the urethra preventing urine from leaking out unintentionally during normal daily activities (e.g. when you cough, laugh, walk or exercise).

Short procedure

Urethral bulking takes around 10 – 15 minutes and is usually done in day surgery or out-patient clinic with a local anesthetic.

No Incisions

A series of small injections are used, you may feel a sting, however, no cuts are made.

Quick recovery

In most cases patients can get back to their normal activities within a day.

Minimally invasive procedure

No incisions are made, just a series of small injections

3 out of 4 women

report that their stress urinary incontinence was cured or improved after treatment with Bulkamid2

More than 70,000 patients

have been treated with Bulkamid

No reported long term complications*

Short term side effects normally resolve within a couple of days5

Bulkamid is a soft, smooth hydrogel that consists of 97.5% water and 2.5% polyacrylamide.

Once injected, Bulkamid provides additional volume to the urethra and acts as a scaffold for cells to grow through helping to provide long lasting relief of stress urinary incontinence symptoms.



*As with any procedure short term complications may happen, these can include mild pain after the procedure, difficulty emptying your bladder, urgency (the sudden urge to urinate), urinary tract infection, mild burning or bleeding when urinating. However, these normally resolve within a couple of days after your treatment.

Stress urinary incontinence can have a big impact on your everyday life. However, it is a treatable condition enabling you to live your life with confidence.