How can my doctor help with bladder problems?

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Dr. Mehmet Oz, MD
Cardiology (Cardiovascular Disease)
For starters, your doctor can teach you special exercises that may be all you need to overcome your bladder problem. Just as you lift dumbbells to build up your biceps, you can work out muscles that control your bladder.

Kegel (pronounced Kay-gul) exercises require you to contract and release muscles at the base of the pelvis. Over time, strengthening these muscles can help prevent urine leaks. It may take a few months of doing these exercises before you notice improvement.

In addition to Kegel exercises, your doctor will also recommend lifestyle changes (such as losing weight if you're carrying too much) that may help you manage a bladder problem. If you need more intensive treatment, your doctor can prescribe medicine to help control a leaky bladder. If medication doesn't help, your doctor will recommend other treatments, ranging from biofeedback to surgery.
After your bladder problem is diagnosed, your doctor can suggest several ways to manage the symptoms. Treatments include exercises to strengthen the bladder muscles, bladder retraining, and, if necessary, drugs for overactive bladder. Although bladder problems can be a bit embarrassing, discuss your symptoms frankly with your doctor--relief is usually possible. 
Dr. Michael Roizen, MD
Internal Medicine
There’s a lot your doctor can do to help if you have a bladder control problem, but it may take a little trial and error. First, after a full medical exam and history teases out the source of your problem, your doctor will probably suggest some behavioral strategies like changing your diet (for example avoiding caffeine, spicy food, and alcohol). He also will teach you Kegel exercises that strengthen your pelvic floor, which helps shore up the bladder. If these lifestyle measures don’t help, then your doctor can prescribe medications or recommend surgical procedures.

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