NICE incontinence guide

One in three women over 40 years old suffers from urinary incontinence and will benefit from NICE guidelines on it.

The guidelines advise GPs to categorise the type of incontinence in women as stress, mixed or urge when carrying out a diagnosis. For the stress or mixed types, the guidelines recommend that at least three months of pelvic floor muscle training should be the first treatment offered.

This should be offered to women in their first pregnancy as a preventative measure.

At least six weeks of bladder training should be offered first when treating urge incontinence. Drug treatments are also available for urge incontinence, but should not normally be offered to treat stress incontinence.

NICE guidance

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