Medication or Behavioral Therapies?
In a report conducted by Amy Norton (Healthday News), it is found that for women who need relief from bladder control problems, behavioral therapies are a better bet than medication as a treatment.
In an analysis of 84 clinical trials, researchers found that overall, women were better off with behavioral approaches to easing urinary incontinence than relying on medication. Study patients were over five times more likely to see their symptoms improve with behavioral therapy, compared with no treatment. Medication also helped, but not as much. Women treated with drugs alone were twice as likely to improve, compared to doing nothing.
Almost half of women have problems with urine leakage at some point in their lives, according to the U.S. National Institutes of Health. And while men develop urinary incontinence, too, it's more common among women, often arising during or after pregnancy, or after menopause.
SOURCES: Amy Norton, Healthday Reporter