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Taking Control: Non-surgical Treatment Options for Urinary Incontinence in Women

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What are my treatment options?

There are several types of treatments for UI:

  • Special exercises
  • Bladder training
  • Medicines
  • Medical devices

The type of exercise, device, or medicine your doctor may recommend depends on whether you have stress, urgency, or mixed incontinence. Only your doctor can tell you which type of UI you have. The goal of your treatment may be to stop leaking urine completely or to reduce the amount of urgency or leaking.

Some research found that women who are very overweight were able to improve their UI symptoms by losing weight and exercising.

While you are treating UI, you can manage urine leakage by:

  • Scheduling regular bathroom breaks
  • Sitting or working near an exit or bathroom when possible
  • Wearing pads inside your underwear
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