Ask the doctor: Can bladder training help with incontinence?

Q. I have urinary incontinence and have heard bladder training might help. Could it stave off surgery?

A. Bladder training can go a long way toward helping with urinary incontinence—a very common condition in women. You can easily cope with intermittent incontinence by wearing a pad, but the condition can become severe enough to affect important activities like exercise, social events, and travel. The good news is that many women with incontinence respond to nonsurgical treatments, and bladder control training is often successful.

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