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Can pelvic exercises treat overactive bladder in the elderly?

Donna Hill Howes, RN
Family Medicine
Elderly men and women with overactive bladder can benefit from doing pelvic exercises. Overactive bladder symptoms become more common with age. Elderly men and women will not experience any harmful effects from doing pelvic exercises. In particular, these exercises are recommended for two types of incontinence:

• Urge incontinence. This type involves urine leaking because of a strong, sudden urge.

• Stress incontinence. This type involves urine leaking from movement or pressure, such as when exercising, sneezing and coughing. 

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