Behavioural Treatments For Stress Incontinence

By definition, stress incontinence means your bladder, pelvic floor muscles and urethra lack the strength to hold urine. There are several non-invasive strategies which can help to build strength and thus address the cause of your condition.

  • Pelvic floor muscle retraining (PGMT) – this involves more than being told to do pelvic floor exercises. It is often done using biofeedback, which is a system of showing exactly how your muscles are contracting on a computer screen, to ensure you are doing your exercises correctly.
  • Bladder retraining – this involves gradually building up the amount of urine you can hold in your bladder in a supported way to increase your bladder strength and confidence.

By taking an individualised approach and having a clear focus upon your incontinence problem, behavioural treatments and physiotherapy can often be very effective. However, if you need more intervention, there is a range of good surgical options for stress incontinence in women and surgery for stress incontinence in men.