Physical Activity and Stress Incontinence in Women.

This review aims to discuss the current literature addressing associations between physical activity and stress urinary incontinence in women.

Multiple cross-sectional studies utilize survey questionnaires to determine prevalence of stress urinary incontinence, impact of various types and intensities of physical activity on stress urinary incontinence, and explain differences in urinary symptoms among active women.

Although there is evidence for increased rates of stress incontinence among women who are physically active, pathophysiology is not fully understood and there is a need for additional research exploring changes to the pelvic floor during exercise. Future research focusing on the mechanism in which physical activity contributes to urinary symptoms can guide development of primary preventions for stress urinary incontinence.

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Leah Chisholm, Sophia Delpe, Tiffany Priest, W Stuart Reynolds

Department of Urologic Surgery, Vanderbilt University Medical Center, Nashville, Tennessee., Department of Orthopedic Surgery and Rehabilitation, Vanderbilt University Medical Center, Nashville, Tennessee.