Stress incontinence – urinary leakage that results from sudden pressure on the bladder by abdominal muscles – is often brought on by coughing, laughing, lifting, or exercise. Many women experience stress incontinence, particularly after menopause, but it can also occur when pelvic muscles have been weakened by childbirth or abdominal surgery. There are a number of effective treatments:
- Kegel exercises: These exercises can strengthen the muscles that control urine flow. They involve squeezing the pelvic muscles (as if to stop the flow of urine), holding the tension for a count of 10, and relaxing for a count of 10. Repeat 20 times, three to four times a day.
- Biofeedback: This training teaches you to use signals from your body, and a visual or auditory cue, to help control symptoms.
- Electrical stimulation: Here, electrodes are used to stimulate and stabilize the muscles of the pelvic floor that help control urine flow.
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