Female urinary incontinence: A modern approach

Farfaras A1, Zografos G2, Litos M1, Antoniou S1

1Department of Gynecology, Gennimatas general hospital, Athens, Greece
23rd Department of Surgery, Gennimatas general hospital, Athens, Greece

Correspodence: Farfaras Athanasios, 32 Agias Barbaras St, GR-17563, Palaio Faliro, Athens, Greece. E mail: farfaras@gmail.com


Female urinary incontinence is a common problem with important consequences. Its prevalence and severity have been underestimated, and its management has been inconsistent. The scientific and technical advances of the recent years have provided effective treatment options and have established urogynecology as a subspecialty. Urge incontinence results from bladder overactivity and can be treated with anticholinergic agents and behavioral interventions. Stress incontinence results from urethral sphincter insufficiency and can be treated with pelvic floor physiotherapy and surgically. The newest surgical techniques that have been established over the last decade are minimally invasive, safe and highly effective. Women with urinary incontinence should be aware that urogynecology can provide effective treatments and significantly improve the quality of their life.

Keywords: urinary incontinence, urogynecology, quality of life

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