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Urinary Incontinence Treatments for Women

By Jennifer B. Buckley

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Before you or your care recipient decided to isolate themselves due to the devastating emotional effects of incontinence, take into account, “Incontinence can be cured or controlled 80% of the time,” according to the Center for Aging. The most important step is finding the right treatment and in recent years, a variety of new treatment options for women have been developed to treat urinary incontinence such as: biofeedback, FemSoft Insert, Neocontrol, tension-free transvaginal tape(TVT) and Ditropan.

Biofeedback or electromyography, is used to collect information about the tone or condition of muscles located in the pelvic floor through the use of sensors attached to a monitor. These muscles help control urination and can be strengthened through kegal exercises, which involves contracting the pelvic floor muscles for a few seconds and repeating the exercise several times a day. Biofeedback is a non-chemical and non-surgical treatment option for urinary incontinence as well as FemSoft inserts.

“The FemSoft insert is a single-use disposable product designed to prevent leakage of urine in women suffering from stress urinary incontinence,” according to Rochester Medical Corporation. The insert is a soft sleeve filled with a thin fluid that is inserted into a woman’s urethral tract. It conforms to the woman’s natural shape and prevents leakage of urine, even during increased physical activity. The FemSoft inserts are an extremely new edition to treatment options, as well as, NeoControl.

A device known as the NeoControl, is one of the latest therapies to treat urinary incontinence for women. This treatment includes, fitting an office chair with magnets in its seat in order to create a pulsing magnetic field, which strengthens the pelvic floor muscles. The Food and Drug Administration approved it for treatment of all forms of incontinence in women. In a study of 83 women, NeoControl has successfully reduced incidences of urinary leakage in women with stress incontinence from 3.3 to 1.7 daily according to researchers at Emory University. Another effective procedure is tension-free transvaginal tape (TVT).


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