First Steps in Incontinence Treatment

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Urinary incontinence can be a somewhat embarrassing topic to discuss, but the problem is far more common than most people would think. According to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, nearly 13 million Americans battle urinary incontinence.

Men and women dealing with the issue don’t always seek proper care, so they don’t know that simple and effective incontinence treatment options are easily available to them. Failing to seek incontinence treatment could lead to bigger health problems down the road and can severely alter your quality of life. If you are in need of incontinence treatment, don’t be ashamed to ask for help.

Types of Incontinence

Urinary incontinence is quite simply the involuntary leakage or release of urine. There are several different forms of urinary incontinence, otherwise known as “UI”:

  • Stress/Effort
  • Overflow
  • Urge
  • Structural
  • Functional
  • Giggle
  • Double (involves fecal incontinence)
  • Nocturnal
  • Gross Total

The course of urinary incontinence treatment will be determined by the cause and severity.

Urinary Incontinence Treatment

If you believe you are in need of urinary incontinence treatment, the first step should be to visit your primary care physician. If they feel you’re in need of specialized incontinence treatment, they likely will ask you to visit an urologist. Women may be sent to an urogynecologist for proper incontinence treatment.

A specialist will perform a physical examination and a series of tests aimed at determining the reason for your incontinence. An urologist may also ask you to keep a bladder diary, which will keep track of your daily fluid intake and urination habits.

The form, as well as the person’s age, health and mental state will all be considered before determining what course of incontinence treatment to take.

Forms of Incontinence Treatment

As there are several different forms of UI, there are a variety of urinary incontinence treatment options available. If you are obese, consume large amounts of caffeine, or consume too much or not enough fluids, a doctor will likely recommend that you make lifestyle changes.

Another form of incontinence treatment is exercise. A doctor may ask you to do pelvic floor exercises, which are also known as “Kegels.” These exercises are designed to strengthen pelvic floor muscles so that leakage is reduced. The muscles can also be strengthened through electrical stimulation.

If someone’s bladder simply does not empty properly, they likely will be given a urinary catheter. The catheter is inserted several times a day into the urethra to empty the bladder. The urine flows through a tube and drains into a bag.

Absorbent pads and adult diapers are also forms of urinary incontinence treatment. These common products are available at nearly every local supermarket and pharmacy. The diapers and pads will be specifically designed for male and female forms.

If conservative forms of incontinence treatment fail, medication and surgery are also options. These options may also be necessary depending on the severity of your incontinence issue.