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Behavioural therapy is often more effective than drugs for urinary incontinence in women, finds review

BMJ 2019; 364 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.l1223 (Published 18 March 2019) Cite this as: BMJ 2019;364:l1223
  1. Susan Mayor
  1. London

Behavioural therapy to strengthen the pelvic floor or to change behaviour influencing bladder function, with or without other treatment, is generally more effective than drugs in treating stress or urgency urinary incontinence in women, a review of randomised trials has found.

Urinary incontinence affects nearly one in five (17%) non-pregnant women, and the prevalence increases with age, particularly after the menopause. The most common types are stress or urgency urinary incontinence, or a mix of both types.

A range of non-pharmacological and …

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