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Treatment other than surgery or medicine may be used to treat urinary incontinence.

  • For stress incontinence, biofeedback can help you learn to read your body's signals. This helps you improve control.
  • For urge incontinence, behavioral therapies such as biofeedback and bladder training can help you control the bladder muscles.
  • For overflow incontinence, using a catheter tube to drain your bladder can help you keep your bladder from getting too full.

Catheters

  • Catheterization may be used to treat severe incontinence that cannot be managed with medicines or surgery. Catheters don't cure incontinence. But they do allow you or a caregiver to manage it.
    • Intermittent self-catheterization is done with a thin, flexible, hollow tube (catheter) that is inserted through the urethra into the bladder. This allows the urine to drain out.
    • Indwelling catheterization uses a catheter that remains in place at all times. For more information, see the topic Care for an Indwelling Urinary Catheter.
    • Condom or Texas catheter uses a special condom that can be attached to a tube for short-term use. The condom, placed over the penis, keeps the tube in place. The tube allows the urine to drain out.

Behavioral therapy

Behavioral therapies, including biofeedback and pelvic muscle exercises, are used to treat urge and stress incontinence.

Continence products

Products such as absorbent pads or diapers, incontinence clamps, or pressure cuffs may be used to manage any form of incontinence. Some of these products absorb leaked urine. Others put pressure on the urethra to help prevent urine from leaking.

WebMD Medical Reference from Healthwise

Last Updated: May 06, 2013
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