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How is urinary incontinence in women treated?

A choice for women who want to try noninvasive methods are devices that help you do pelvic muscle exercises consistently and effectively at home. Research shows that vaginal weighted cones (smooth, tampon-shaped inserts of increasing weight), home biofeedback (handheld electronic devices that let you know how strongly you are contracting your pelvic muscles), and pelvic floor exercise alone all yield comparable results. Be aware that many other pieces of equipment sold via the Internet for urinary incontinence have not been tested for effectiveness. For example, exercise contraptions that you squeeze between your legs generally do not work because they don't exercise the right muscles.

Doctors treat urinary continence with exercise, diet, medication and possibly surgery. Treatment usually depends on the type of incontinence a patient has.

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