Medically Reviewed by Gary H. Emerson, MD
That sudden, unexpected urge to urinate – anytime, anywhere – can cripple a woman’s life. Constantly searching for restrooms. Hurrying to get there in time. “Unfortunately, there are no entirely successful surgical solutions to this problem,” says McLeod Gynecologist Gary Emerson, M.D. Yet, he notes that non-surgical solutions are improving.
Key points in the video:
- Urge Incontinence is most effectively treated with medications.
- ANTICHOLERGENICS relax the bladder, allowing the woman more time to get to bathroom.
- Works well for women with a problem of urinating at night (Nocturia).
- Has many of side effects; not effective in elderly; causes confusion, dry mouth and upset stomach.
- BETA 3 AGONISTS are a new class of drug that offers good performance.
- Less problematic for elderly and fewer problems with side effects.
- Electrical stimulation uses a device similar to a heart pacemaker to use mild electrical pulses relax the bladder.
- Botox injections – which are also used for smoothing forehead wrinkles – can cause the bladder to relax, reducing the “urge.”
- The injection needs to be repeated every few months.
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