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  1. Medical History and Physical Exam for Urinary Incontinence in Women

    A medical history is the most important part of the examination for urinary incontinence. During the medical history, your health professional will ask you to describe:How long you have had incontinence.What, if anything, you are doing (laughing, sneezing, coughing) when you experience incontinence.How often you have the problem and how much urine you lose.Risk factors you may have that could ...

  2. Electrical Stimulation for Urinary Incontinence

    Electrical stimulation is used to treat urinary incontinence by sending a mild electric current to the pelvic muscles that are involved in urination.How electrical stimulation works is not well understood. The stimulation may make the muscles contract, producing an effect similar to Kegel exercises, which strengthen the muscles by contracting them frequently. The stimulation may also encourage ...

  3. Urethral Sling for Stress Incontinence in Women

    Urethral sling surgeries to treat urinary incontinence involve placing a sling around the urethra to lift it back into a normal position and to exert pressure on the urethra to aid urine retention.

  4. Mechanical Devices for Urinary Incontinence in Women

    Mechanical devices may be used to manage different types of urinary incontinence.Stress incontinencePessary: This rubber device is inserted into the upper vagina where it touches the cervix. The pessary presses on the urethra through the vaginal wall and holds up the bladder neck and uterus, if present. It may also pinch the urethra closed to help retain urine in the bladder. It is usually not ...

  5. Anticholinergics for Urinary Incontinence in Women

    Drug details for Anticholinergic medications for urinary incontinence in women.

  6. Urodynamic Tests for Urinary Incontinence

    Urodynamic tests for urinary incontinence are measurements taken to evaluate your bladder's function and efficiency. The actual tests done vary from person to person.Some urodynamic tests are relatively simple and can be done in a doctor's office; other tests require expensive and sophisticated instruments to measure the amount of pressure experienced by the bladder and urethra.For basic ...

  7. Bladder Stress Test and Bonney Test for Urinary Incontinence in Women

    A bladder stress test simulates the accidental release of urine (urinary incontinence) that may occur when you cough, sneeze, laugh, or exercise.A Bonney test is performed as part of the bladder stress test, after the health professional verifies that urine is lost with coughing. It is similar to the bladder stress test except the bladder neck is lifted slightly with a finger or instrument ...

  8. Tension-Free Vaginal Tape for Stress Incontinence in Women

    Stress incontinence in women can cause frequent involuntary release of urine during activities that put pressure on your bladder, such as coughing or laughing.

  9. Absorbent Products for Urinary Incontinence

    Absorbent products are items that absorb urine, such as adult diapers, plastic - coated underwear, pads, or panty liners that attach to underwear. Most commercially available items are disposable (such as Depend or Poise), although some absorbent cloths can be washed and reused. Drip collectors that fit over the penis are also available.Absorbent products may be used to manage any form of ...

  10. Anatomical Incontinence in Women - Topic Overview

    Anatomical incontinence is the involuntary release of urine related to structural problems of the urinary tract that affect the urine flow. Anatomical incontinence may be present from birth (congenital). The main symptom of anatomical incontinence is an almost continual release of urine. Anatomical incontinence is caused by structural problems in the urinary tract that allow urine to leak past ...

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