Gynecologic Health

Premier Health providers answer frequently asked questions about prevention and wellness for women.

Is female incontinence curable?

Physician Assistant Elyse Weber discusses factors that can increase a woman’s risk for incontinence. Click play to watch the video or read the transcript.

 

Premier Physician Network (PPN) physicians say female incontinence might not be totally curable, but it can be treated and improved. 

Your doctor can help you decide what steps are best for you to take to treat your level of urinary incontinence.

The National Institutes of Health (NIH) says there are a variety of treatments, including:

  • Bladder training: By changing your urination habits, you can decrease incidents of urinary incontinence. 
  • Bulking agents: Collagen and carbon beads can be injected near your urinary sphincter to treat urinary incontinence. 
  • Lifestyle changes: These could include drinking more water, consuming less caffeine, consuming less diet soda, drinking less late in the day, limiting alcohol, quitting smoking, managing constipation, and exercising. 
  • Medical devices: A pessary is another device. It’s a stiff ring inserted into your vagina. It provides pressure against the vaginal wall to help reposition the urethra, causing less leakage. 
  • Pelvic floor muscle exercise: Known as Kegel exercises, these require you to practice tightening and relaxing the muscles that control your urine flow. 
  • Surgery: A few surgical options are available for treating urinary incontinence, including retropubic suspension and sling. During a retropubic suspension the doctor performs a procedure to raise the bladder neck or urethra to limit leaks. A sling procedure attaches an internal sling to cradle the bladder neck or urethra to limit leaks. 

Your doctor will also do a physical exam, and will probably ask you to keep a record of these specifics for about a week. This bladder journal will help your doctor determine next steps when it comes to combating urinary incontinence.

For more information about whether urinary incontinence is curable, talk with your doctor. 

Learn more:

Source: Rashmi Bolinjkar, MD, Upper Valley Womens Center; Jeremy Crouch, MD, Womens Health Specialists and Midwives of Dayton; Heather Hilkowitz, MD, Hilltop Obstetrics and Gynecology; Amanda Fox, CNP, Dulan and Moore Dulan Family Wellness Center; Kathryn Lorenz, MD, Hyatt Family Care; William Rush, MD, Lifestages Samaritan Centers for Women; Jerome Yaklic, MD, Wright State Physicians Obstetrics and Gynecology; Mansi Amin, DO, SureCare Medical Center; Amy Renshaw, MD, Center for Womens Health and Wellness; J. Scott Bembry, Premier OB/GYN; L. William Rettig, III, MD,Lifestages Centers for Women; Elyse Weber, PA, Lifestages Centers for Women; Rhonda Washington, MD, Center for Womens Health and Wellness; Stacy Hudepohl, CNM, Center for Womens Health and Wellness; Larry Holland, DO, Premier Womens Center

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