Treatments may include:
Behavioral therapy includes:
If you are a woman who is overweight or obese , losing weight may help to reduce the number of episodes due to stress or urge incontinence. *¹ Talk to your doctor about a weight loss program that is right for you.
Medications may be prescribed to either strengthen muscles that control urine flow or relax the bladder.
In men, surgery may be done to relieve a physical blockage due to an enlarged prostate. In women, surgery can repair weakened muscles related to bladder function. Other procedures involve collagen injections into the urethra, or surgical repair/implants into the bladder sphincter.
Absorbent diapers are often used by men and women with incontinence.
Plugs and patches that hold urine in place are available for women. Catheters are sometimes used to treat more severe cases. Alternatively, pessaries (devices that raise the uterus and decrease pressure on the bladder) may be used in women.
External (condom) or internal (Foley) catheters may be used for men. Penile clamps are sometimes used.
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