Non-surgical Treatments for Urinary Incontinence in Adult Women: Diagnosis and Comparative Effectiveness
Non-surgical Treatment of UI (1 of 2)
The treatment approach taken depends on the type of UI, each of which has different underlying pathophysiologies. Stress UI treatments include a variety of nonpharmacological methods intended to strengthen muscles that support the bladder and urethra. These include pelvic floor muscle training or PFMT (also known as Kegel exercises) and methods for electrical and magnetic stimulation of pelvic floor muscles.
- Shamliyan T, Wyman J, Sainfort F, et al. Nonsurgical Treatments for Urinary Incontinence in Adult Women: Diagnosis and Comparative Effectiveness. Comparative Effectiveness Review No. 36 (Prepared by the Minnesota Evidence-based Practice Center under Contract No. 290-2007-10064-I). Rockville, MD: Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality; April 2012. AHRQ Publication No. 11(12)-EHC074-EF. Available at www.effectivehealthcare.ahrq.gov/ui.cfm.
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