If you have a problem with urine leakage or have to get up more than twice in
the night to urinate, make an appointment with your health care provider. The
problem may be caused by a medical condition that can be treated. You owe it to
yourself to find out. Most likely you do not have to resign yourself to living
with incontinence for the rest of your life.
If you have kept records of urination ("urination diary"), take a copy with you
to the appointment. Be prepared to provide a complete list of your medications, including nonprescription drugs, herbs, and supplements.
Incontinence is never normal. If you have a problem with urine leakage, you
should see a medical professional.
While waiting for your appointment, make yourself more comfortable.
Kegel exercises: Exercising the muscles of your pelvic floor may benefit women
with either stress or urge incontinence.
Create a urination diary. Take notes every day on your urination patterns. This
will help your health care provider in diagnosing your problem:
A young but promising new treatment is biofeedback. It has been shown to make a significant difference in the
pediatric population. Because many people with incontinence have pelvic floor
dysfunction from unidentifiable causes, it is felt that bladder retraining may
improve many people with incontinence. Biofeedback consists of pelvic muscle tightening and relaxation
with a trained technologist facilitating the sessions. This treatment does
require a dedicated person but may eliminate the need for medications and/or surgery.
Follow the recommendations of your health care provider.
Make and keep regular follow-up appointments. You can discuss your progress with
your provider, and he or she can tailor your treatment accordingly.
The following measures can help maintain good bladder and urinary health:
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