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What are treatments for incontinence?

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Four out of 5 people with urinary incontinence can get better with treatment.

Sometimes a simple dietary change, such as cutting back on fluids, is all you need.

Try a combination of approaches. Your doctor may have you do Kegel exercises to strengthen your pelvic floor muscles and to use pads or disposable underwear just in case.

If you need a little more help, your doctor may recommend prescription medication or surgery. They might suggest “sling surgery,” an operation designed to support the bladder or urethra and prevent leaks.

From: Living With Incontinence WebMD Medical Reference

SOURCES:

American Academy of Family Physicians: "Urinary Incontinence: Embarrassing but Treatable."

National Association for Continence: "Finding Help with Incontinence," "Treatment Options for Incontinence."

Jennifer Anger, MD, MPH, urologist, Cedars-Sinai Medical Center, Los Angeles.

Amy Rosenman, MD, assistant clinical professor of obstetrics and gynecology, University of California Los Angeles David Geffen School of Medicine.

Halina Zyczynski, MD, associate professor of obstetrics and gynecology, University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine; director, division of urogynecology and reconstructive pelvic surgery, Magee-Womens Hospital, Pittsburgh.

American Urogynecologic Society.

Reviewed by Minesh Khatri on November 02, 2017

SOURCES:

American Academy of Family Physicians: "Urinary Incontinence: Embarrassing but Treatable."

National Association for Continence: "Finding Help with Incontinence," "Treatment Options for Incontinence."

Jennifer Anger, MD, MPH, urologist, Cedars-Sinai Medical Center, Los Angeles.

Amy Rosenman, MD, assistant clinical professor of obstetrics and gynecology, University of California Los Angeles David Geffen School of Medicine.

Halina Zyczynski, MD, associate professor of obstetrics and gynecology, University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine; director, division of urogynecology and reconstructive pelvic surgery, Magee-Womens Hospital, Pittsburgh.

American Urogynecologic Society.

Reviewed by Minesh Khatri on November 02, 2017

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