HOW IS MIXED URINARY INCONTINENCE TREATED?
When suffering from mixed urinary incontinence symptoms, your treatment will be similar to that of overactive bladder but with a strong emphasis on pelvic floor muscle training (PFMT). Studies show that women with weaker pelvic floor muscles show the greatest percentage improvement when undertaking PFMT. Consistency is key, both with your bladder training and your pelvic floor muscle training (PFMT). Increasing the strength of your external urethral sphincter has the added benefit of enhancing the guarding reflex thus helping to reduce your symptoms of urgency. Your pelvic floor physiotherapist and urologist can help you to set goals that are achievable.
MY DOCTOR HAS RECOMMEND SURGERY, WHAT DO I NEED TO KNOW?
Surgery is the most invasive form of treatment for urinary incontinence and should only ever be used as a last resort. You should have tried conservative treatments for at least one year before considering surgery, unless there is some other medical reason for needing surgery. Please read through all the information on treatments for SUI and OAB and try the conservative treatments before making a decision on surgery. It has been my experience that small changes in lifestyle and consistent focus on bladder training and pelvic floor muscle training can produce fantastic results culminating in a dramatic improvement in quality of life.