Treatment choices for urinary incontinence range from lifestyle changes to surgery. Your treatment will depend on the underlying problems causing the incontinence. But keep in mind that no treatment works perfectly, and you may have to try more than one approach before you find the one that best suits your needs. Treatments may be different for men and women.
Training your bladder
Bladder training · Management · Continence Foundation of Australia
Symptoms & Causes of Bladder Control Problems (Urinary Incontinence)
See a health care professional if you have symptoms of a bladder problem, such as trouble urinating, a loss of bladder control, waking to use the bathroom, pelvic pain, or leaking urine. Bladder problems can affect your quality of life and cause other health problems. Your doctor may be able to help you treat your UI by recommending a lifestyle change or a change in how much medicine you normally take. These symptoms can signal a serious health problem, including inflammation of the bladder, also called cystitis , or even bladder cancer. Certain life events and health problems can lead to stress incontinence in women by weakening the pelvic floor muscles.
This will allow you to:. It is usual to empty your bladder when you get out of bed in the morning, three times during the day, and before you go to bed at night. The Continence Foundation recommends working with a continence nurse advisor or physotherapist to design a bladder training program to suit your individual needs.