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200 million people worldwide have stress urinary incontinence. Pregnant women, older women and those who have had a hysterectomy are especially prone to this condition. Taking diuretics to treat high blood pressure can make the problem worse. Treatment can involve doing Kegal exercises to improve muscle tone, having a urologist insert a pessary into the vagina, injecting collagen into tissue surrounding bladder neck and urethra. Surgery is only considered when all else has failed. Medications available to treat incontinence donít generally work on stress urinary incontinence. Biofeedback has also proven to be a successful treatment option for many with 44% reporting a cure and 79% reported an improvement.
Source: summary of medical news story as reported by Newsday
About: Medication is ineffective on stress urinary incontinence
Date: 23 November 2004
Author: Suzy Cohen
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