Mechanical Devices for Urinary Incontinence in Women
Mechanical devices may be used to manage different types of urinary incontinence.
What To Expect After Treatment
This section is not applicable to this treatment.
Why It Is Done
Mechanical devices can be used to control stress and mixed urinary incontinence. Because they are inexpensive and have few risks, they are usually tried before surgery, along with other treatments like pelvic floor (Kegel) exercises. Some women who have incontinence but who don't want or can't have surgery may find that mechanical devices work well enough to control their incontinence.
How Well It Works
There is no strong evidence that these devices work to control incontinence. But they are inexpensive and don't have a lot of risks. If they don't work for you, you can always try other things like pelvic floor exercises or surgery.
Using a urethral insert increases the risk of:
Using pessaries increases the risk of damaging the:
What To Think About
Use of mechanical devices is under your control and can be designed to fit into your lifestyle.
For some women, a tampon inserted in the vagina creates enough pressure to prevent leaking. Tampons are a less expensive option than a pessary, with little risk.
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