The key symptom of SUI is when urine leaks out during activity. The amount can be a few drops to tablespoons or more. If you have mild SUI, you will leak during forceful activities such as exercise. You may also leak when you sneeze, laugh, cough or lift something. If your SUI is moderate or more severe, you may also leak when you stand up, walk or bend over.
How Can SUI Affect my Life?
You may be embarrassed by your body. You may not feel comfortable talking about this problem with your friends and loved ones. SUI can get in the way of your daily life and social activities. It can affect your relationship with your partner. You may be worried about leaking during sex. It can be embarrassing. Some people even begin to feel isolated and hopeless.
To know if SUI is a problem for you, ask yourself:
- Is SUI stopping me from doing things outside of my home?
- Am I afraid to be too far from a bathroom or a change of clothes?
- Have I stopped exercising or playing sports?
- Have I changed the way I live because I'm afraid of urine leakage?
- Have I become uncomfortable with myself and my body?
- Have my symptoms changed my rleationships with friends or family?
- Am I avoiding sex because I am worried I may leak urine and be embarrassed?
If you answer yes to some of these, you should know that there is hope. There are many ways to manage and treat SUI.