Urinary incontinence — the loss of bladder control — is a common and often embarrassing
problem. The severity of urinary incontinence ranges from occasionally leaking urine
when you cough or sneeze to having an urge to urinate that's so sudden and strong
you don't get to a toilet in time.
If urinary incontinence affects your day-to-day activities, don't hesitate to see
In most cases, simple lifestyle changes or medical treatment can ease
your discomfort or stop urinary incontinence.
Treatments and drugs
for urinary incontinence depends on the type of incontinence, the severity
of your problem and the underlying cause. Your doctor
will recommend the approaches best suited to your condition. Often a combination of treatments is used.
Treatment options for urinary incontinence range from more conservative approaches,
including behavioral techniques and physical therapy to more aggressive options,
such as surgery.
In most cases, your doctor
will suggest the least invasive treatments first, so you'll try behavioral techniques and physical therapy first and
move on to other options only if these techniques fail.
The success of your treatment
depends most of all on the right diagnosis. Talk to your
doctor about the specifics and possible
complications of any treatment. Ask questions and express concerns to help determine which
treatment is right for you.