Treatment Options for Incontinence

Treatment options for urinary incontinence depend on the type of incontinence as outlined below.

Stress incontinence is urine loss during physical activity that increases abdominal pressure (e.g., coughing, sneezing, laughing). Treatment options include:

  • Injectables
  • Nonsurgical treatments
  • Medications
  • Surgical treatments

Urge incontinence is urine loss with urgent need to void and involuntary bladder contraction (also called detrusor instability). Treatment options include:

  • Nonsurgical treatments
  • Medications
  • Surgical treatments

Overflow incontinence is constant dribbling of urine; bladder never completely empties. Treatment options include:

  • Medications
  • Intermittent Self-Catheterization

Publication Review By: Stanley J. Swierzewski, III, M.D.

Published: 10 Jun 1998

Last Modified: 21 May 2014