Treatment Plans for Female Incontinence
Treatment of Urinary Incontinence
There are many different types of urinary incontinence, and each type responds differently to treatment. For this reason, it is important that a correct diagnosis be made before beginning therapy.
Once your physician has diagnosed your urge incontinence, then certain treatment plans are most appropriate. Some common therapies are listed below.
Stress incontinence occurs when the sphincter muscle is not closing tightly enough around the urethra. Urine is then able to leak out more easily. Leakage occurs particularly when abdominal pressures rise such as with a cough, sneeze, or laugh. The most common treatments for male and female stress incontinence focus on improving the resistance in the urethra, so that it is more difficult or impossible for urine to leak. Since men and women have different urologic anatomies, their treatments for stress incontinence also differ.
Female Stress Incontinence
Male Stress Incontinence
After diagnosing your mixed incontinence, your urologist will identify and treat the symptoms that are causing you the most trouble. The treatments available for mixed incontinence are the same as those available for stress incontinence and urge incontinence.
The treatments for overflow incontinence depend on the cause of the leakage. Overflow incontinence can occur for two reasons – either an obstruction blocks the outflow of urine from the bladder or the bladder loses its ability to squeeze properly. In either case, urine builds up in the bladder and intervention is absolutely required in order to protect the future health of the kidneys.
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