Treatment Options

Stress urinary incontinence can be treated in several ways, depending on the exact nature of the incontinence and its severity. As disease state and anatomy differs for each patient, outcomes may vary.

  • coughing
  • laughing
  • lifting

Incontinence occurs when the muscles that support the urethra (the tube that carries urine out of the body) are weakened or damaged. This can happen as a result of childbirth, trauma, hormone changes and many other reasons.

Consult your physician for all available treatment options. You and your physician may discuss:

  • Changes to your diet and fitness routine
  • Physical therapy including pelvic floor muscle training
  • Vaginal pessaries
  • Surgical options including mid-urethral slings, retropubic colposuspension, and bulking
 
  • coughing
  • laughing
  • lifting

Incontinence occurs when the muscles that support the urethra (the tube that carries urine out of the body) are weakened or damaged. This can happen as a result of childbirth, trauma, hormone changes and many other reasons.

How to Talk to Your Physician about Your Bladder Health

Bladder control issues such as urinary incontinence can feel like an embarrassing issue to talk about. But you do have options, and the first step to taking control of your bladder health is to speak with your physician.

Physicians are accustomed to talking about subjects such as incontinence that you might find uncomfortable.  You should talk with your primary care physician or a physician who specializes in bladder health.

Because many patients struggle to bring up this subject with their physicians, below are some suggestions on ways to approach this topic with your physician.  Based on your current symptoms, consider saying:

  • Sometimes when I laugh or cough or lift something heavy, I leak urine.
  • I find that I am increasingly going to the bathroom more often - both day and night.
  • Because I have urine leaks so often, I use pads to protect my clothes.
  • Sometimes I have an accident before I can reach the bathroom.

Your physician will likely ask you questions and discuss treatment options. Depending on your specific symptoms, you may be referred to a physician who specializes in bladder health.

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