How Can Urinary Incontinence Be Treated?
Urinary incontinence is the involuntary discharge of urine in women due to the lack of control in the bladder. The ability of a healthy person to control urination requires a normally functioning excretory system and nervous system as these will determine when you should urinate and how to respond to this urge. When these two aren’t healthy, this is when urinary incontinence happens. Here is a look at available treatments for it:
- Pelvic floor exercises or commonly known as Kegel exercises strengthen the urinary sphincter and pelvic floor muscles to control sudden urination or leaks.
- Bladder training helps you delay sudden urination. This involves teaching the patient to control the urge and how to delay urination when there is an urge to do so.
- Medications, when combined with other techniques or exercises, can also treat urinary incontinence. Sample of medications include anticholinergics, topical estrogen and imipramine.
- There are medical devices designed especially for women to help with their urinary incontinence. These include urethral inserts, pessary, and sacral nerve stimulator.