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Treatment Options for Stress Urinary Incontinence (SUI)

Stress Urinary Incontinence (SUI) is one of the most common types of incontinence, affecting approximately one in three women at some point in their lives. SUI is the involuntary leaking of urine during physical activity caused by weak pelvic muscles. Those who experience SUI may notice this occurs while engaging in exercise, sneezing or coughing, or during sex. Lifestyle changes and medical intervention can help decrease the severity of SUI. (

Lifestyle Changes: Changes in your daily routine can help control SUI. If you consume an excessive amount of liquid during the day, try to cut back while still getting the recommended daily amount of water. Smoking can increase coughing which often aggravates SUI by putting pressure on the bladder. In addition to countless health benefits, quitting smoking can help decrease the symptoms of SUI. If you have a Body Mass Index (BMI) over 25, consider talking with your doctor about ways to lose weight safely. Reducing your weight takes pressure off the pelvic organs which will result in fewer leaks. Strengthening your pelvic area using Kegel exercises may also help to keep urine in the bladder longer. (

Nonsurgical Treatment Options: Including lifestyle modifications, there are many nonsurgical treatment options for SUI. An external device referred to as a pessary can be inserted against the vaginal wall to support the bladder neck. Transurethral Bulking Agents are also available to thicken the urethra and decrease urine leakage. Talk to your Greater Boston Urology physician to determine the best options for treating your SUI. (

Surgery Treatment Options: Greater Boston Urology utilizes the highest quality-products manufactured with unwavering integrity by ASTORA Women’s Health. If you’re unable to gain control of your SUI through lifestyle changes and nonsurgical treatment options, surgical methods are available to increase your quality-of-life. A sling may be used to support the urethra and help to keep it from leaking. Slings are designed from soft mesh which has been used to treat incontinence since 1968, as described by ASTORA Women’s Health. (

According to the Urology Care Foundation, one-fourth to one-third of Americans suffers from urinary incontinence. Those who have incontinence are often hesitant to share their symptoms with a health care provider. ASTORA Women’s Health reports that less than 50% of those who experience urinary incontinence have discussed their symptoms with a physician. Greater Boston Urology is proud to provide educational resources through its blogs to help individuals make informed healthcare choices.

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