Lifestyle Modifications

Lifestyle Modifications are first-line treatments and are a combination of educational and behavioral therapies.

These are natural, non-invasive behavioral treatments that do not primarily focus on on medications.

Bladder Training

Behavioral therapies that attempt to increase the duration of time between urination.

POTENTIAL BENEFITS
  • Can provide temporary relief
  • Non-invasive
  • Non-medication
  • Inexpensive short-term treatment
POTENTIAL DOWNSIDES
  • May not improve symptoms
  • Can be time consuming
  • Doesn't provide a long-term solution

Pelvic Floor Muscle Training

Exercises designed to increase the strength of the pelvic muscles to aid in bladder control.
POTENTIAL BENEFITS
  • Can provide a level of control
  • Can improve bladder strength
  • Can provide some relief
POTENTIAL DOWNSIDES
  • Not a cure
  • May not stop all urine leakage
  • Can be ineffective with more advanced conditions

Fluid Management

A system of scheduled fluid intake designed to limit the amount of urine in the bladder and allow scheduled urination.
POTENTIAL BENEFITS
  • Limits fullness of bladder
  • Can reduce the frequency of urges to urinate
  • No costs involved
  • Convenient
POTENTIAL DOWNSIDES
  • Not a cure
  • May not be effective
  • May improve symptoms, but not the condition

Weight Loss

Losing weight reduces the amount of fatty tissue that can press on the bladder.
POTENTIAL BENEFITS
  • Can reduce pressure on the bladder
  • Improves overall wellness
POTENTIAL DOWNSIDES
  • Not a cure
  • May not improve symptoms

Intermittent Catheterization

The use of catheters to systematically empty the bladder.
POTENTIAL BENEFITS
  • Provides some level of control
  • Ability to empty the bladder
POTENTIAL DOWNSIDES
  • Inconvenient
  • Not a cure
  • Uncomfortable
  • Can be expensive in the long-term

Using Absorbent Pads

Wearing absorbent pads to catch the involuntary release of urine.
POTENTIAL BENEFITS
  • Helps avoid noticeable accidents
  • Ability to avoid restroom runs
POTENTIAL DOWNSIDES
  • Not a cure
  • Can be expensive in the long-term
  • Inconvenient

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