When friends get together and talk turns to their medical issues, you can
bet there’s one issue they’ll ignore: bladder control problems.
As many as 33 million people may have bladder control problems. A good
number of them may avoid the problem so much that they don't seek help.
“It causes a great deal of embarrassment,” says Sandip Vasavada, MD,
urologic director at the Center for Female Pelvic Medicine and Reconstructive
Surgery at Cleveland Clinic.
The condition also affects quality of...
pessary is a rubber device that is inserted into the
vagina until it touches the cervix. The pessary presses through the vaginal
wall and supports the urethra. It also pinches the urethra closed to help
retain urine in the bladder and decrease stress
incontinence. Some women who have stress incontinence use a pessary just during
activities that are likely to cause urine leakage, such as jogging. But many
pessaries can be worn all the time.
Urethral insert: A thin, flexible tube that is solid rather than hollow (like a
catheter) is placed into the urethra to block the leakage of urine.
External urethral barrier: A self-adhesive patch or a cap is placed over the urethral
opening to block the leakage of urine.
What To Expect After Treatment
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Why It Is Done
Mechanical devices can be used to control stress and mixed urinary incontinence. Because they are inexpensive and have few risks, they are usually tried before surgery, along with other treatments like pelvic floor (Kegel) exercises. Some women who have incontinence but who don't want or can't have surgery may find that mechanical devices work well enough to control their incontinence.
How Well It Works
There is no strong evidence that these devices work to control incontinence. But they are inexpensive and don't have a lot of risks. If they don't work for you, you can always try other things like pelvic floor exercises or surgery.