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Male & Female Incontinence

Incontinence is the inability to control excretory functions. The Pelvic Floor and Incontinence Program at Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital is equipped to handle this condition in both men and women.

Urinary Incontinence

Stress urinary incontinence occurs when laughing, sneezing, and coughing causes urine to involuntarily escape. Because this problem is often embarrassing, patients may put off seeking help from their doctors in a timely manner. This condition primarily affects women who have delivered their child vaginally or have had a hysterectomy, however, men who have had surgery or radiation treatment may also be affected.

Treatment for Urinary Incontinence

Treatment for urinary incontinence may be in the form of behavioral techniques, devices, medications or surgery, depending on the severity of your condition. Some of these treatments include:

  • Pelvic floor muscle exercises
  • Bladder control techniques
  • Dietary and lifestyle changes
  • Urethral inserts
  • Sling procedures
  • Sacral nerve stimulators

Fecal Incontinence

Inability to control the bowels is known as fecal incontinence. Fecal incontinence can range from occasional leakage of stool to complete loss of bowel control. The Pelvic Floor and Incontinence Program offers special diagnostic testing to help determine the cause of your incontinence.

Treatment for Fecal Incontinence

Restoring control of the bowel through dietary changes, medications and special exercises are some of the recommended forms of treatment for fecal incontinence. Your physician may recommend anti-diarrheal drugs, laxatives or stool softeners. For some individuals, surgery may be helpful in restoring continence.

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