Educating yourself about your diagnosis and treatment options is important. Here are some well researched patient information websites to help you understand your condition and treatments.
- National Association for Continence: This is the website of the National Association for Continence. It has lots of good information about urinary and fecal incontinence, treatments, etc. There is also some information on pelvic organ prolapse.
- Voices for PFD: This is a website by the American Urogynecologic Society. It also has information on urinary and fecal incontinence as well as prolapse.
- Urinary Incontinence in Women: This is a website supported by the National Institutes of Health (NIH) on urinary incontinence.
- Fecal Incontinence: This is a website supported by the NIH on fecal incontinence.
- Women’s Waterworks: Curing Incontinence by Pauline Chiarelli
This is a small, fun to read and informative book that is a great initial reference on female incontinence. Dr. Chiarelli, a physical therapist, focuses on the muscles of the pelvic floor and the disorders that happen when the muscles are weak. She briefly discusses causes of incontinence, testing, and other treatments, including medication and surgery.
- Urinary Incontinence Sourcebook by Diana Kaschak Newman
Complete source from a noted nurse expert on the normal functions of the bladder and urinary tract, the common causes, and types of urinary incontinence, preventive measures, and treatment options, including medications and surgery.
- The Incontinence Solution: Answers for Women of All Ages by Dr. William H. Parker, Dr. Amy E. Rosenman, and Rachel Parker
The authors discuss the controversial links between childbearing and incontinence, describe diagnostic testing, discuss non-surgical treatment, and surgical treatments.
Learn about conservative management approaches used to help improve symptoms of an overactive bladder.
Learn about pelvic organ prolapse, including symptoms and treatment options.
Find out more about urinary incontinence, including the two most common types.
Learn about the different treatment options for urinary incontinence.
Find out what a pessary is and how it is used to treat urinary incontinence.
Watch how the Percutaneous Tibial Nerve Stimulation procedure is used to realign the nerve signals that control bladder function.