Nonpharmacologic treatment of urinary incontinence

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Abstract

Standard therapy for urinary incontinence often includes pharmaceutical agents that carry a risk of side effects or interactions with other drugs. As an alternative, several nonpharmacologic management approaches are available. Scheduled voiding regimens are effective for patients who have uninhibited detrusor contractions, even when cognitive impairment is present. In motivated patients, pelvic muscle exercise is effective for stress incontinence. These methods are safe and inexpensive, and studies indicate that they can be as effective as or more effective than pharmaceutical agents. Other nonpharmacologic approaches to management include biofeedback techniques and electrical stimulation therapy.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)579-586
Number of pages8
JournalAmerican family physician
Volume44
Issue number2
StatePublished - Jan 1 1991

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Family Practice

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