Almost 80% of incontinence cases can be treated so there is no reason why you shouldn’t explore the treatment options out there. Some sufferers can often be too embarrassed to seek treatment, but did you know that over 200 million people suffer some form of incontinence worldwide?
Generally, the type of incontinence (stress, overflow or urge) will dictate what kind of incontinence treatment you need. In many cases, a team of health care professionals including your doctor, nurse or health practitioner will work with you to diagnose and offer treatment options. Together, you will choose the appropriate course of action. Remember, the first step is always to consult your health professional.
Your pelvic floor muscles hold your bladder, uterus and bowel in place. Pelvic floor exercises keep the muscles strong for better bladder and bowel control.
A variety of medications are available to treat urge incontinence, but the most widely used options work by suppressing bladder contractions, delaying the urge to urinate.
Although it’s more invasive and has a higher risk of complications than other therapies, urinary incontinence surgery can provide a long-term solution in severe cases.
Tension-free vaginal tape (TVT) is a surgical procedure to help control stress incontinence. The surgery closes your urethra and bladder neck to prevent further leakage.