Your specilalist will often recommend non-surgical treatments before resorting to surgery for urinary incontinence. These may include:
Lifestyle changes: e.g. reducing caffeine or alcohol intake, or losing weight.
Pelvic Floor Exercises
Bladder Training: Techniques to reduce the urge to urinate.
Incontinence products: i.e. incontinence pads or handheld urinals.
Medicine may also be recommended if your incontinence does not improve.
How do I perform pelvic floor exercises?
Your pelvic muscles can be strengthened with kegel exercises, helping to improve urinary incontinence. To perform these exercises, tighten your pelvic muscles as if you are trying to hold back urine. Hold the muscles tight for a few seconds and then release. Repeat this 10 times. You can do this up to four times a day and these exercises can be done anywhere. For more information please click here.
Surgery may be considered if your incontinence is more severe, options include: