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Current Opinion in Obstetrics & Gynecology:
doi: 10.1097/GCO.0b013e328364a35d
UROGYNECOLOGY: Edited by Narender Bhatia

Preventing urinary incontinence in women

Newman, Diane K.; Cardozo, Linda; Sievert, Karl-Dietrich

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Abstract

Purpose of review

This review examines the evidence to date, analyzes specific risk factors and assesses the ability to prevent urinary incontinence in women, while providing clinical recommendations. More extraordinary risk factors such as ethnicity and race, mixed and fecal incontinence, iatrogenic and neurogenic factors should be discussed in a follow-up report.

Recent findings

Studies have revealed that certain factors place women at risk for developing urinary incontinence, including age, obesity, diabetes, pregnancy and delivery, high-impact physical exercise factors and estrogen deficiency.

Summary

Healthcare providers should screen women who are at risk for developing urinary incontinence and institute specific interventions, specifically behavioral and even rehabilitative techniques, to prevent this prevalent and distressing condition.

© 2013 Wolters Kluwer Health | Lippincott Williams & Wilkins

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