August 12, 2010
Health Tip: Controlling Urinary Incontinence
Possible methods of treatment
(HealthDay News) -- Urinary incontinence is the inability to control the urge to urinate. It tends to become more of a problem as people age.
The womenshealth.gov Web site suggests these potential methods for controlling urinary incontinence:
- Performing exercises to strengthen the pelvic muscles.
- Going to the bathroom habitually at certain times, which can help "retrain" the bladder.
- Losing weight and quitting smoking.
- Avoiding alcoholic and caffeinated beverages.
- Taking a medication designed to prevent urinary incontinence.
- Applying electrical stimulation on nerves affecting bladder control.
- Practicing biofeedback techniques.
- Having surgery, if other methods aren't successful.