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    1. 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 ...

    2. Urinary Incontinence Men's Guide - Treatment Overview

      The treatment you and your health professional choose will depend upon what type of urinary incontinence you have and how much you are bothered by your symptoms.

    3. Pelvic Organ Prolapse - Topic Overview

      Total incontinence is the continuous and total loss of urinary control. One cause of total incontinence is neurogenic bladder, a neurological problem that prevents the bladder from emptying properly. Spinal cord injuries, multiple sclerosis, and other disorders that affect nerve function can also lead to total incontinence. Total incontinence in women can also be caused by a vesicovaginal fistula, an abnormal connection between the urinary tract and the vagina.TreatmentTotal incontinence is usually treated by using a thin tube (catheter) to empty the bladder regularly. This is called intermittent self-catheterization.Absorbent products such as pads or disposable underwear are usually used when other methods of treating incontinence have failed or cannot be used. These methods don't treat the incontinence but may make it possible to manage the problem.

    4. Urinary Incontinence Women's Guide - Home Treatment

      If you experience long-term (chronic) urinary incontinence, you can take some steps immediately that may eliminate or reduce the problem.

    5. Urinary Incontinence Men's Guide - Surgery

      If your urinary incontinence has not improved after trying behavioral methods and medication and your health professional feels surgery will be an effective treatment, you may choose to have surgery rather than live with your symptoms.

    6. 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 ...

    7. 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 ...

    8. Urinary Incontinence Women's Guide - Prevention

      There are ways to reduce your chances of developing urinary incontinence.

    9. Cystometry

      Cystometry is one in a series of tests, called urodynamic studies, that evaluate how the bladder is functioning.

    10. Urinary Incontinence Men's Guide - Home Treatment

      In many cases, behavioral changes, including changes to your diet, lifestyle, and urinary habits, can be enough to control urinary incontinence.

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