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There are many different ways of coping with urinary incontinence. Seek help if your symptoms bother you: consult your family doctor, general practitioner, or a urologist. It may be uncomfortable to discuss your condition with a doctor, but it is the most effective way to deal with your concerns.
There is no single solution to incontinence that works for everyone. Self-management measures can significantly improve your condition and lead to a better quality of life. These measures include lifestyle changes, bladder training and pelvic floor muscle exercises. Other treatment options, such as surgery and medication, should be considered if self-management is not effective.
Treatment for urinary incontinence depends on the type of incontinence, how severe it is, and what may cause it. Often, self-management measures are combined with drug treatment. Together with your doctor you can decide which drug treatment is best for your situation.
The main types of medications used to manage incontinence are muscarinic receptor antagonists (MRAs), mirabegron, and oestrogen. Other drugs include desmopressin and duloxetine.
Discuss with your doctor, consultant or specialist nurse which measures can help you can take control of the condition. It is common to try different options to figure out which one works best for you.