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Self-Care and Non-Surgical Treatments

Treatment options for urinary incontinence and other pelvic disorders depend on the type and severity of the condition.

Pelvic self-care options

Lifestyle changes. Significant weight gain can weaken pelvic floor muscle tone, leading to urinary incontinence. Losing weight through healthy diet and exercise is important. Regulating the time you drink fluids and avoiding alcohol and caffeine are also helpful.

Behavioral techniques. Pelvic floor exercises (like Kegel exercises) can help strengthen the muscles of the pelvic floor that support the bladder and close the sphincter. Bladder training can help you learn to delay urination.

Learn more about self-treatment alternatives.

Non-surgical incontinence treatments

Medications. A wide range of prescription medications can help relieve urinary and bowel incontinence problems. It’s also true that the medications you already take may contribute to your symptoms. Your doctor will monitor your medications and adjust them, as necessary.

Pessary. A small, often cup-shaped device can be inserted into the vagina to support the uterus.

Physical therapy (PT). A physical approach to healing the body, involving active and passive range-of-motion exercises and assistive techniques, can help stimulate and strengthen weak or damaged muscles. (Franciscan Health System’s pelvic floor therapists are specially trained in providing the full range of pelvic floor therapies.)

Some conditions can only be resolved through surgery - but with Franciscan’s expert surgeons and state-of-the-art technology, many procedures are minimally-invasive, which means accelerated healing time.