There are several non-surgical and surgical treatment options for women with stress urinary incontinence, for example physiotherapy, colposuspension, slings made from non-artificial material as well as injections. Please ask your doctor about leaflets which cover these options and familiarise yourself with the pros and cons. The leaflets are available on the following websites.
The most effective non-surgical treatment is pelvic floor muscle exercises. Many women who have undergone training supervised by a physiotherapist will not require surgery. Drug treatment using Duloxetine may also be a suitable option on occasion to treat SUI.
Other alternatives are:
- Continence pessaries: these and similar devices placed inside the vagina or urethra may occasionally be useful for managing urine leakage, such as during physical exercise.
- Absorbent products such as incontinence pants or pads may provide extra ways of managing urinary problems for some women.
- Do nothing: if the leakage is not troublesome, no treatment is an option.
If non-surgical treatment options have not been successful, or are not appropriate, then surgical intervention may become necessary.
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