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What barrier devices can help women with urinary incontinence?

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Some devices control the flow of urine.

Women can choose devices that go inside the vagina, like tampons or vaginal sponges. They provide temporary control by putting pressure on the tissues of the bladder. This helps keep urine from escaping and is particularly good for stress incontinence, where exercise, laughing, and sneezing causes urine to leak.

SOURCES:

Debra K. Newman, RNC, MSN, Penn Center for Incontinence and Pelvic Health, University of Pennsylvania Medical Center; director, SeekWellness web site.

Michael H. Safir, MD, director, Southern California Center for Advanced Urology, West Hills, CA; author, "Overcoming Urinary Incontinence."

National Institute on Aging: "Urinary Incontinence."

UrologyHealth.org: "Managing Bladder Dysfunction With Products & Devices."

National Association for Continence.

Reviewed by William Blahd on September 08, 2017

SOURCES:

Debra K. Newman, RNC, MSN, Penn Center for Incontinence and Pelvic Health, University of Pennsylvania Medical Center; director, SeekWellness web site.

Michael H. Safir, MD, director, Southern California Center for Advanced Urology, West Hills, CA; author, "Overcoming Urinary Incontinence."

National Institute on Aging: "Urinary Incontinence."

UrologyHealth.org: "Managing Bladder Dysfunction With Products & Devices."

National Association for Continence.

Reviewed by William Blahd on September 08, 2017

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