Involuntary leakage of urine is called urinary incontinence and is a common problem. Leakage can range from small spurts to larger amounts. The condition can be embarrassing, but with proper diagnosis it can be treated.
- Medical management
- Lifestyle changes, including:
- Weight loss
- Drinking less fluids and limiting intake of caffeine
- Stop smoking
- Behavior modification and non-surgical therapies, including:
- Bladder training
- Kegel exercises
- Functional electrical stimulation, which stimulates the muscles of the pelvic floor
- Biofeedback training, which uses a monitoring device for feedback on the effectiveness of the pelvic floor muscle contraction
- Physical therapy, including pelvic floor muscle exercises
- Pessary insertion
- Constipation treatment
- Treatment for frequent coughing
- Treatment with medication
Most patients can experience improvement without surgery, but it may be necessary for more extreme cases. Advances in technology have resulted in successful outpatient surgical treatments that require minimal incisions and result in less pain and quicker recoveries.
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