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Incontinence

When adults have trouble controlling urination, they should discuss the matter with their doctor. In most cases incontinence can be successfully regulated or cured.

The first step is a medical diagnosis of the underlying cause. If the pelvic and bladder muscles are weak, they can be strengthened with a regimen of simple exercises or biofeedback methods. If the prostate has become enlarged, surgery may restore proper bladder function. Medicines and physiotherapy may also help to regulate the bladder.

For incontinence that can't be managed medically, absorbent pads, lined underwear, collecting bags and catheters are available.

Many District Health Authorities employ incontinence advisers who may be able to help. The Disabled Living Foundation, 380-384 Harrow Road, London w9 2HU, may also be able to advise you.