Incontinence is the symptom of an underlying condition or event that may have caused damage to the muscles and nerves that control urine retention and release. Understanding what that underlying cause is can be very helpful in determining the best treatment.
In addition, there are some options available to treat the symptom itself. These may improve, and in some cases, eradicate incontinence altogether.
Pelvic floor exercises
Perhaps the most common cause of urinary incontinence in women is a weakened pelvic floor muscle that struggles to keep urine retained when put under pressure.
This can be a useful approach for an overactive bladder and is best done under the supervision of a healthcare professional such as a GP, gynaecologist, urologist or Continence Physiotherapist.
Surgery is usually only considered when lifestyle changes and exercises, including specialist physiotherapy, to correct stress incontinence have failed.
There are a number of effective medications available to treat urge incontinence caused by an overactive bladder.
Questions for the doctor
It’s often practical to prepare some questions before meeting with a doctor, physiotherapist, gynogologist or other healthcare professional about incontinence.
Incontinence Management Myths
Some people adopt ineffective and sometimes even harmful habits in an attempt to manage incontinence.