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The American College of Physicians (ACP) has released new guidelines for treating urinary stress incontinence and urge incontinence without surgery.
For women with stress urinary incontinence, kegel exercises are recommended. Kegels help strengthen the muscles and tissues that control urine flow.
For women with urge incontinence, the group suggested bladder training. This treatment involves going to the bathroom on a schedule. As bladder control is gradually regained, the interval between bathroom breaks is increased. Continue reading
Urge incontinence often comes in waves and without warning. The condition affects millions of people in the U.S. and can cause disruptions in one’s work, social and personal life. One effective way to manage this condition is bladder retraining.
This process involves creating a timed voiding schedule, which is essentially a schedule of when you’ll use the bathroom throughout the day. Timed voiding programs are designed to help people increase their bladder’s capacity to hold urine and to learn how to control sudden bladder spasms.
“Lately I’ve been urinating frequently and sometimes I can’t make it to the bathroom in time. Do I have incontinence?”
Urinary incontinence is the involuntary leakage of urine. The condition affects millions around the world, young and old. There are two main types of incontinence: stress incontinence and urge incontinence.
Stress incontinence occurs when you accidentally leak urine while doing something physical that puts pressure onto your bladder. For example, you may experience leakage when you sneeze, cough, laugh, or exercise. This form of incontinence can be caused by several factors including:
An overactive bladder (OAB) can cause great disruptions in one’s life. People with OAB experience frequent and sudden bladder spasms, and sometimes can’t even make it to the bathroom in time (urge incontinence). Overactive bladder can affect one’s work, relationships, social life and self-esteem. Fortunately there are many ways to treat the condition.
One way to treat overactive bladder is by using a vibrating watch and implementing a timed voiding program.