Conservative Measures Available to Patients:
- Weight Loss: can lead to a reduction of the symptom of stress incontinence.
- Reduced Caffeine Intake (less coffee, tea or chocolate intake) may see a reduction in irritable bladder symptoms such as frequency and urgency.
- Chest Conditions: will exacerbate the symptom of stress incontinence. Their treatment will reduce incontinence.
- Vaginal Oestrogens: May improve the symptoms of frequency, nocturia, urgency and the condition of the vaginal skin (mucosa). They have been of no proven benefit for urinary incontinence.
- Medications: Many medications may adversely affect bladder function. Best researched are fluid tablets (diuretics) and some bladder pressure medications such as Minipress.
- Physiotherapy: Works best if the incontinence is mild to moderate in severity and stress incontinence is the main symptom.
Leading Continence Physiotherapists and Nurses
Professor Haylen accesses the best Continence Physiotherapists and Nurses when conservative management is indicated.
Properly taught, pelvic floor exercises can be effective. Without tuition, a majority of women will perform the exercises incorrectly.
Often feedback devices are used to measure the strength of the pelvic floor contraction.