How does the treatment of urinary incontinence vary by type?

Updated: Jan 22, 2021
  • Author: Sandip P Vasavada, MD; Chief Editor: Edward David Kim, MD, FACS  more...
  • Print

Successful treatment of urinary incontinence must be tailored to the specific type of incontinence and its cause (see Treatment). The usual approaches are as follows:

  • Stress incontinence - Pelvic floor physiotherapy, anti-incontinence devices, and surgery
  • Urge incontinence - Changes in diet, behavioral modification, pelvic-floor exercises, and/or medications and new forms of surgical intervention
  • Mixed incontinence - Pelvic floor physical therapy, anticholinergic drugs, and surgery
  • Overflow incontinence - Catheterization regimen or diversion
  • Functional incontinence - Treatment of the underlying cause

Did this answer your question?
Additional feedback? (Optional)
Thank you for your feedback!