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How is Stress Urinary Incontinence treated?

How is Stress Urinary Incontinence treated?

  Treatments of stress urinary incontinence are tailored to suit your individual problem.

The following should be considered:


Pelvic floor muscle strengthening 

Strengthening the supporting muscles of your bladder is very effective in helping stress urinary incontinence. Biofeedback, or the use of special computer equipment to measure muscle activity, can help improve muscle control. Electrical stimulation can also assist in strengthening the pelvic floor muscles.                Deep abdominal  or core strengthening              Learning the knack – this is when you contract your pelvic floor and deep abdominal muscles prior to coughing (or whatever triggers your incontinence)              Lifestyle changes             Posture             Adjusting activities e.g.- avoid jumping until your symptoms improve              Weight loss if necessary              Vaginal splinting if necessary


Studies show 85% of women with Stress Incontinence are cured with Physiotherapy treatment


To prevent urinary incontinence, you should consider the following:

               Routine performance of pelvic floor muscle strengthening exercises              Cessation of smoking              Avoidance or correction of obesity, or chronic cough              Increased daily intake of fiber and fluid to prevent constipation, a risk factor for urinary incontinence              Avoidance of bladder irritants such as alcohol and caffeine              Staying physically active. Individuals who are physically active are less likely to develop urinary incontinence              Discussing the possibilities and risks of estrogen replacement therapy with your physician