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    1. Pelvic Organ Prolapse - Topic Overview

      Functional incontinence occurs when a person is unable to reach the bathroom in time to urinate because of physical or mental limitations, such as problems with walking, conditions such as arthritis, or problems with reasoning (such as dementia). People who have functional incontinence can try timed voiding and prompted voiding to control incontinence.Timed voidingTimed voiding is also called habit training. It sets a schedule for urinating (voiding) that is determined by your personal habits. It doesn't attempt to increase how long you can wait before having to urinate or teach you to resist the urge to urinate.Prompted voidingPrompted voiding requires a caregiver to prompt you to urinate. The goal is to decrease the chance of accidents by making you aware of the need to urinate periodically. Prompted voiding usually is used in combination with timed voiding for people who are unaware of their bodily functions, such as people who have dementia.

    2. Pelvic Organ Prolapse - 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 ...

    3. Urinary Incontinence Men's Guide - What Increases Your Risk

      Many factors have been associated with an increased risk of urinary incontinence in men. Incontinence may be the result of various health conditions or medical treatments, or it could be caused by family history or lifestyle.

    4. Urinary Incontinence Women's Guide - Other Treatment

      Changes in habits (behavioral methods) and exercise are often used first to treat urinary incontinence because they do not involve surgery, have no serious side effects, can be done at home, and do not limit future treatment options.

    5. Urinary Incontinence Men's Guide - Medications

      If your urinary incontinence is caused by prostatitis, a painful inflammation of the prostate gland, your health professional will prescribe antibiotics.

    6. 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 ...

    7. Catheters for Urinary Incontinence in Men

      Catheters used to manage urinary incontinence include: Standard catheter. This is a thin, flexible, hollow tube that is inserted through the urethra into the bladder and allows the urine to drain out. The standard catheter is used for intermittent self - catheterization.Indwelling Foley catheter. This type of catheter, which remains in place continuously, has a balloon on the end that is inflated

    8. Pelvic Organ Prolapse - Topic Overview

      Urge incontinence is a need to urinate that is so strong that you cannot reach the toilet in time. It can occur even when the bladder contains only a small amount of urine. Urge incontinence can be caused by bladder contractions that are too strong to be stopped by the bladder outlet valve (sphincter). This results in a near-emptying of the bladder. Medicines and behavioral strategies,such ...

    9. Medical History and Physical Exam for Urinary Incontinence in Men

      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, coughing, or changing posture) when you experience incontinence.How often you have the problem and how much urine you lose.Risk factors you may have, ...

    10. Urinary Incontinence Women's Guide - Symptoms

      The main symptom of urinary incontinence is a problem controlling urination. The circumstances and type of problem affecting urination vary with the cause.

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