If you are one of the nearly 15 million women who suffer from incontinence, you no longer need to suffer in silence. Doctors Eric Rovner and Alan Wein, internationally known and respected urologists, tell you what you need to know to get this problem under control and reclaim a life free of the fear of having an "accident" in public. Because incontinence can be caused or aggravated by many different things, including medications, childbirth, hysterectomy, stress, bladder infections, fibroids, oestrogen loss, or diabetes, women of all ages are vulnerable. This practical and comprehensive guide explains all aspects of this problem, including the tests used to diagnose the various types of incontinence and the treatments, medications, recommended for each. There is also information to aid you in finding the right doctor, tips on how to best prepare for your first visit, and suggestions on what questions to ask. You'll also find detailed instructions for exercises and other self-help techniques, lists of helpful products and devices you can obtain without a prescription, and advice on locating a support group to help you cope with the emotional aspects of your treatment and recovery.
If surgery is necessary, you will also learn about each technique as well as its risk factors.
Eric S Rovner MD is co-director of the Center for Incontinence and Pelvic Disorders Alan J Wein MD, professor and chair of the Division of Urology at the University of Pennsylvania Medical School, was chosen by American Health magazine as one of the best doctors in the US.
What You Should Know About Incontinence; How a Woman's Urinary System Works; The Many Cases of Incontinence; The Five Types of Incontinence; How to Determine if you are Incontinent; Overcoming the Emotional Obstacles to Seeking Help; Finding the Right Doctor; Preparing for your First Medical Visit; How Incontinence is Diagnosed; General Treatments for Incontinence; Behavioural Techniques; Acupuncture; Medication; Choosing Surgery; Helpful Products and Devices; Coping with the Emotional Issues; Future Treatments; Index.