Can you be born with SUI?

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Ever since I can remember I have had problems controlling my bladder. If I laugh really hard and uncontrollably, I often completely wet my pants. I have avoided activities such as theme parks because I often lose control of my bladder on the rides. I am so embarrassed as I am now an adult an although it does not happen as often, it has happened. I also sometimes have minor leaks when I have a big cough or sneeze. When looking at many of the articles on causes, it seems this occurs from certain events such as childbirth or surgeries among other things. I have never experienced any of those things so I am wondering if it is possible that I was born with some kind of congenital defect that has caused this and if so, how can it be fixed?

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    Hello katie. You could well have been born with a congenital abnormality but unless you ask your GP for a referral to a urologist you'll never find out. If there's anything untoward chances are it can be fixed so rather than having this probably for the rest of your life see your doctor.
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      Thanks for the response! So I actually have seen a urologist in the past because I used to get recurrent UTI's and they did run some tests to make sure I didn't have reflux which it it showed I didn't. So do you happen to know if they have other tests to run that would tell me if I do in fact have SUI or would they have been able to tell then?
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      I can't remember exactly what they were but I remember one they put a catheter into my bladder to fill it and then after I emptied it they did imaging to see if it emptied entirely. I think the other tests were with my urine.
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    Hello Katie, I can exactely relate to you. I have had always problems with my bladder and physicians found nothing wrong, only weak bladder. I've leaks when laugh or have cough and sneeze and sometime I lose bladder control. Someone told me probably losing control depends on a mix of causes, weakness, how fast bladder become full, irritations, anxiety,... when these are in disadvantage all togheter suddenly I've strong urgency to pee and I cannot hold it for more than few minutes. So it seems there is not just one thing to cure for me, all I can do is take in control the mix causes but it can't assure no accidents and this upset me a lot. Having to wear big protections everytime I go out helps and bothers me at the same time. Anyway, I think you should just go to urologist for other tests and try some drugs, sometime these solve or helps about leakages.
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      Thank you! Even though it is not a situation I wish upon anyone, it is somewhat comforting to know I'm not the only one! I think I will just find out if there is something else I can try from the Urologist. It doesn't hurt to ask!
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      I wish you you can fix it and if you will do that just let me know how, It could be something working for me too!
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