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Self-Care at Home
Incontinence is never normal. If you have a problem with urine leakage, you should see a medical professional.
While waiting for your appointment, make yourself more comfortable.
Kegel exercises: Exercising the muscles of your pelvic floor may benefit women with either stress or urge incontinence.
Create a urination diary. Take notes every day on your urination patterns. This will help your health-care provider in diagnosing your problem:
A young but promising new treatment is biofeedback. It has been shown to make a significant difference in the pediatric population. Because many people with incontinence have pelvic floor dysfunction from unidentifiable causes, it is felt that bladder retraining may improve many people with incontinence. Biofeedback consists of pelvic muscle tightening and relaxation with a trained technologist facilitating the sessions. This treatment does require a dedicated person but may eliminate the need for medications and/or surgery.
George Lazarou, MD, FACOG
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