This problem is commonly referred to as ‘stress incontinence’. This term does have its drawbacks, however, not least that the stress which is referred to has no connection whatsoever with emotional stress. It refers solely to a rise in intra-abdominal pressure which results from some form of physical stress or exertion. This confusion is not restricted to members of the general public and it is not uncommon for both qualified and student nurses to associate the term with anxiety-provoking events.
KeywordsPelvic Floor Exercise Programme Pelvic Floor Muscle Stress Incontinence Anterior Vaginal Wall
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