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Treatments for Stress Incontinence in Women

Most women with stress incontinence can be treated successfully and resume a full and active lifestyle. In most cases, your doctor will start with less invasive treatments such as physical therapy and lifestyle and behavioral modifications. Medical devices or surgery may be recommended if these treatments do not adequately help your bladder control symptoms.

First Line Treatments

Physical Therapy

The goal of physical therapy for treating stress incontinence symptoms is to strengthen the pelvic floor muscles so that you can control urine output during everyday activities. Your physical therapist will perform a comprehensive internal and external exam of the pelvic floor muscles.

Pelvic floor exercises can help prevent urine leakage by strengthening the pelvic floor and sphincter muscles. Your physical therapist will show you how to perform these exercises to promote muscle strengthening, relaxation, and coordination. Biofeedback can help determine if you are exercising the proper pelvic muscles.

Fluid & Diet Management

Changing the amount and timing of fluid intake during the day, as well as avoiding common dietary irritants such as caffeine and tomato-based foods, may help bladder function.

Lifestyle Changes

Losing excess weight and quitting smoking (which leads to chronic cough) can help eliminate some of the pressure on your bladder.

Absorbent Pads

Sometimes, treatments are not 100% effective and women with mild urine leakage may want to use absorbent pads for added protection.


Sometimes, conservative therapies do not offer relief from the symptoms of SUI. Learn more about the surgical treatment options available for women at Colorado Urology.  

Surgical Treatments for More Advanced Incontinence Issues

If more conservative treatments are unsuccessful, the specialists at Colorado Urology offer several surgical options to treat stress incontinence in women.

Learn More About Surgical Treatments
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