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  1. Behavioral Methods for Urinary Incontinence

    Three types of behavioral methods are used to treat urinary incontinence: bladder training (for urge incontinence) and timed voiding and prompted voiding (for functional incontinence).Bladder trainingBladder training (also called bladder retraining) is used to treat urge incontinence. Bladder training attempts to increase how long you can wait before having to urinate. You are taught about the ...

  2. Total Incontinence - 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.

  3. Retropubic Suspension for Urinary Incontinence in Women

    Retropubic suspension surgery is used to treat urinary incontinence by lifting the sagging bladder neck and urethra that have dropped abnormally low in the pelvic area.

  4. 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 ...

  5. 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 ...

  6. 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.

  7. 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 ...

  8. Anticholinergics for Urinary Incontinence in Women

    Drug details for Anticholinergic medications for urinary incontinence in women.

  9. 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 ...

  10. 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 ...

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