Urinary Incontinence in Women

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Quick GuideUrinary Incontinence: Symptoms, Causes, Treatment

Urinary Incontinence: Symptoms, Causes, Treatment

Points to remember

  • Urinary incontinence is common in women.
  • All types of urinary incontinence are treatable.
  • Incontinence is treatable at all ages.
  • You need not be embarrassed by incontinence.

Hope through research

The National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases (NIDDK) has many research programs aimed at finding treatments for urinary disorders, including urinary incontinence. The NIDDK is sponsoring the Urinary Incontinence Treatment Network (UITN), a consortium of urologists and urogynecologists who are evaluating and comparing treatment methods for stress and mixed incontinence in women. The goal of the first study, completed in 2007, was to learn which treatment methods have the best short- and long-term outcomes for treating stress urinary incontinence in women. Ongoing studies focus on treatments for urge incontinence and minimally invasive treatments for stress incontinence.

The National Institute of Child Health and Human Development also supports research in the area of pelvic health. The Pelvic Floor Disorders Network (PFDN) was formed in 2001 to do research to improve the care and daily lives of women with pelvic organ prolapse and bladder and bowel control problems. For more information about the PFDN, please visit www.nichd.nih.gov/research/supported/pelvicfloor.cfm.

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