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Embarrassed About Incontinence? Donít Be

By Michael Plontz, Staff Writer

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Treatment for incontinence depends on the type and the severity, but the majority of doctors believe that most patients will respond to behavioral techniques. Most of these techniques should be used with structured nursing or doctor supervision. Always check with a health care professional before trying any technique to treat incontinence.

Bladder training works best for urge and stress incontinence, and it involves scheduled urinations. The patient must inhibit elimination until a set time, and the amount of time between urinations will be progressively increased. Habit training is similar to bladder training, but patients are encouraged to urinate when they normally would such as when they wake up, after mealtime and before bed. For those with memory disorders, it becomes necessary for the caregiver to prompt them to go.

Pelvic floor exercises, also known as Kegel exercises, are especially useful in stress incontinence. Consult your physician for proper technique. For extreme cases, intermittent catheterization may be used, and, for the very extreme cases, drugs may have to be used.

People often suffer through their incontinence without seeking help. The embarrassment is too great. The awareness must be heightened on an issue that affects, or may eventually affect, millions of people. Knowledge is power, so arm yourself. Look for more information on incontinence in future issues of Todayís Caregiver and our newsletter.

 

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