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Pelvic floor muscle training could help tackle incontinence

Posted Mar 16 2011 11:59am

Understanding incontinence is vital to successfully managing the condition, which is believed to affect millions of people across the globe, including more than 50 million in the developed world.

Many of those who develop the condition, which is characterised by the unintentional passing of urine, use incontinence pads , adult diapers and other products to cope with the situation.

According to the NHS, many people believe that incontinence is an inevitable part of ageing, but there are a number of things they could do to effectively treat it, depending on the extent of the problem.

In addition to making lifestyle changes, such as losing weight, people can do pelvic floor muscle training, which involves squeezing the muscles to improve their strength.

People could also do bladder training by waiting longer between needing to urinate and passing urine, according to the health body, which stated that some studies have shown the conservative methods have been known to work.

Medical options, as well as surgical techniques, are also offering long-term results.

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