There are many treatment options for urinary incontinence, and in most cases the condition can be greatly improved. If urinary incontinence symptoms are interfering with your daily life, let us know. A complete and thorough exam is needed to find the cause of the problem.
Ways of treating urinary incontinence
There are several ways of treating urinary incontinence. Therapies are often more effective when used in combination. Possible treatments include:
Dietary changes. Certain foods and drinks tend to irritate the bladder, including caffeinated drinks (coffee, tea, cocoa), carbonated beverages, chocolate, alcohol, citrus fruits and juices, spicy foods, vinegar and artificial sweeteners. Reducing or eliminating these from your diet may improve your condition.
Drinking water or other liquids that do not irritate the bladder can help kidney function. Urine that is extremely concentrated due to lack of water can irritate the bladder, which can worsen feelings of urgency. The average American adult requires six 8-ounce glasses of fluid a day.
Lifestyle changes may help the problem. These changes may include weight loss, avoiding constipation, quitting smoking, and avoiding heavy lifting. Urinating at set times or before exercising may also reduce incontinence.
Physical therapy such as Kegel exercises and biofeedback can help strengthen pelvic muscles. As with any exercise, this approach takes time to make a difference, and it works only as long as you keep doing it.
Medications. Certain drugs can strengthen or tighten the muscles used to control urination, while other medicines can calm overactive bladder muscles. If you have a urinary tract infection, you will be given antibiotics.
Devices. Certain devices can be used to control urine flow or to strengthen bladder muscles. The most common ones are a cone which is placed in the vagina for a few minutes twice a day and a pessary, which is a firm ring that is placed in the vagina.
Urodynamics. We provide full urodynamics testing as well as medical and surgical interventions.
Surgery. Depending on the cause of the problem, some bladder control issues can be solved by surgery. In most cases, the surgeon changes the position of the bladder and urethra.