What can be done to stop urinary incontinence?

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Dr. Mehmet Oz, MD
Cardiology (Cardiovascular Disease)

Some of the things you can do to stop urinary incontinence include:

  • Kegel exercises: This is the first line of defense against incontinence and involves contracting your pelvic floor (the same muscles you use if you try to stop your urine mid-flow) throughout the day to strengthen them. Experts recommend holding the contraction for 5 to 10 seconds, then relaxing for 10 seconds and doing repetitions of 10 to 20 throughout the day (maybe at stoplights, while watching TV, or before you go to sleep).
  • Vaginal weight training: It sounds silly, but experts swear by the use of cone-shaped vaginal weights that you must hold in while you go about your daily business, working up to 30 minutes a day. As your muscles strengthen, you increase the weights.
  • Behavioral therapy: You set times to go to the bathroom, and avoid caffeine and liquids at certain times of the day.
  • Medication
  • Physical therapy
  • Hormone cream (for caruncles)
  • Surgery to place a supportive sling under the urethra, help keep the bladder in its proper place, or bulk up the urethra to narrow the opening that urine flows through.

This content originally appeared on doctoroz.com

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