Treatment for Incontinence

The treatment for urinary incontinence will largely depend upon the type of incontinence the person is suffering from and the severity of the condition. Some of the treatments for incontinence include:

  • Bladder Training: Bladder training involves learning to control the urge to urinate and even delaying the urination after getting the urge to go. The goal of bladder training is to try and lengthen the time between two consecutive trips to the toilet which would eventually help in strengthening the bladder muscle.
  • Fluid Diet Management: In this treatment for urinary incontinence, the individual is required to minimize or completely stop the intake of acidic foods, alcohol and caffeine.
  • Treatment for urinary incontinence also involves physical therapy which could be in the form of pelvic floor muscle exercises that are aimed at strengthening the pelvic floor and the urinary sphincter muscles. Kegel exercises are recommended to strengthen the pelvic floor muscles.
  • Electrical stimulation is also used to treat incontinence wherein electrodes are inserted into the vagina or the rectum temporarily to stimulate as well as strengthen the pelvic floor muscles. This treatment is known to be effective for urge and stress incontinence but may be a considerable amount of time before the results are apparent.
  • There are also certain medications that form part of the treatment of incontinence such as Anticholinergic, Topical estrogen, Imipramine and Duloxetine.

Frequently asked questions
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