Kegel exercises to strengthen pelvic floor muscles, bladder training and weight loss and exercise are effective nonsurgical treatment options for women with urinary incontinence (UI), this according to a new evidence-based clinical practice guideline from the American College of Physicians.

“Urinary incontinence is a common problem for women that is often underreported and underdiagnosed,” said Dr. David Fleming, president, ACP. “Physicians should take an active approach and ask specific questions such as onset, symptoms, and frequency of urinary incontinence; it is estimated that about half of the women with incontinence do not report it to their doctor.”

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