How a doctor treats incontinence can vary from one instance to the next. The preferred treatment method will depend on what the cause of incontinence is. For example, incontinence caused by genetic factors will often require a different kind of treatment than incontinence due to physical trauma.
However, there are some standard treatments that are used for most kinds of incontinence, and we’re going to discuss the most prevalent of these so that you can have an idea of what to expect if you experience this medical condition.
If your incontinence is due to diabetes or pressure placed on your bladder due to obesity, then your doctor will recommend that you try to lose some weight. Changes in diet and exercising are the most common methods, but there are some medications that your doctor may prescribe to speed along the process. You will likely need to return to your doctor repeatedly so that he can note what kind of progress you are making and if additional or different measures need to be taken.
There are certain foods that can trigger incontinence, particularly spicy foods or foods with high levels of caffeine or alcohol. Your doctor may recommend that you take up a different diet to try to counteract the effects of those foods on your bladder.
Even if you are not overweight, your doctor may suggest that you start an exercise regimen. In particular, he may suggest you use pelvic exercises to strengthen that part of your body, particularly if some sort of trauma to the pelvic region is responsible for causing the incontinence in the first place. Many times, a weakened pelvic area will cause uncontrollable leakage and muscle spasms or contractions.
You may be prescribed some medication to help you regain control over your bladder and pelvic muscles. The involuntary movements of those muscles can result in leakage, and doctors often prescribe medication to reduce spasms and help you to dictate when you urinate instead of letting your bladder control you. Often, medication is used in conjunction with one of these other forms of treatment, since the medicine cannot cure the problem. Instead, it simply deals with the symptoms. In cases where the incontinence is simply temporary, the doctor may use it as the primary treatment method while your body heals.
Some, medication prescribed during incontinence treatment is designed to help you lose weight faster. This may be something your doctor gives you while you are exercising and dieting as a way to speed up the process.
Your doctor may change up the treatment method after a while if what he is having you do is not working or producing the desired results. You will need to see your doctor several times throughout the course of your treatment to ensure that the treatment is being successful.
There is often some trial and error involved in treating incontinence, and your doctor may not be able to determine the exact cause of the problem right away. Remember that treatment methods vary based on the cause of the problem, so your doctor may try a few things in an effort to determine what exactly is causing your bladder to leak.