Urinary Incontinence - Treatment

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How is urinary incontinence (UI) treated?

No single treatment works for everyone. Your treatment will depend on the type and severity of your problem, your lifestyle, and your preferences, starting with the simpler treatment options. Many men regain urinary control by changing a few habits and doing exercises to strengthen the muscles that hold urine in the bladder. If these behavioral treatments do not work, you may choose to try medicines or a continence device - either an artificial sphincter or a catheter. For some men, surgery is the best choice.

Behavioral Treatments

For some men, avoiding incontinence is as simple as limiting fluids at certain times of the day or planning regular trips to the bathroom - a therapy called timed voiding or bladder training. As you gain control, you can extend the time between trips. Bladder training also includes Kegel exercises to strengthen the pelvic muscles, which help hold urine in the bladder. Extensive studies have not yet conclusively shown that Kegel exercises are effective in reducing incontinence in men, but many clinicians find them to be an important element in therapy for men.

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Comment from: Andy, 75 or over Male (Patient) Published: April 22

An artificial sphincter was installed one year ago for urinary incontinence. It failed 6 months later. A second was installed 6 days ago and it failed after 5 days. What is next!

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Comment from: patient127, 55-64 Male (Patient) Published: May 09

Drugs have side effects. Diapers and collectors cause infections and irritation. Occluder incontinence devices for men are better.

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