Regaining Bladder Control: What Every Woman Needs to Know

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More than 15 million women in America suffer from chronic bladder control problems. This sensitively written book details medically sound steps that include behavioral changes and exercises that can improve the continence of eight in ten women. These simple "at home" remedies, such as small dietary changes and easy-to-learn pelvic floor exercises, bring many women welcomed relief. Beyond this basic approach, the authors help readers to understand the various causes of urinary incontinence and guide them through ...
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Overview

More than 15 million women in America suffer from chronic bladder control problems. This sensitively written book details medically sound steps that include behavioral changes and exercises that can improve the continence of eight in ten women. These simple "at home" remedies, such as small dietary changes and easy-to-learn pelvic floor exercises, bring many women welcomed relief. Beyond this basic approach, the authors help readers to understand the various causes of urinary incontinence and guide them through diagnosis and the treatment process. The wide array of treatment options available include physical therapy, medications, pessaries, and, in some cases, surgery. This versatile healthcare resource, full of comforting and practical information, will help women with bladder control problems regain their dignity and independence.
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"This book's easy-to-read style and supportive tone will encourage women of all ages not to feel embarrassed by their condition and empower them to seek treatment …Recommended for public libraries, especially those with consumer health collections."
-Library Journal

"Positive encouragement and advice for women with bladder control problems…. [A] straightforward and helpful book…The authors' matter-of-fact and encouraging tone, as well as the inclusion of candid vignettes from patients and caregivers, allow readers to be more confident in their quest to find help…. A welcome relief to many women who suffer from incontinence."
-Kirkus Reports

"…helps make the sensitive and complex topic of female bladder control approachable and understandable…through straightforward, unbiased, and realistic explanations [it] speaks to women of all ages…a dynamic healthcare resource that will help women regain their dignity and independence."
-American Journal for Nurse Practitioners

Library Journal
Bladder control problems affect more than 15 million American women. Rogers (director, urogynecology, Univ. of New Mexico Health Sciences Ctr.), freelance medical and science writer Janet Yagoda Shagam, and Shelley Kleinschmidt (proposal manager, Tier Technologies) wrote this book to alleviate women's embarrassment about their incontinence. They explain the possible causes of the condition; cover initial doctor's visits and treatments (e.g., physical therapy, medications, surgery); and suggest women try such possibly helpful approaches as eliminating certain foods from their diets and performing pelvic floor exercises. Worksheets and questionnaires assist in keeping track of symptoms and talking to doctors, while brief firsthand accounts add a personal touch. This book's easy-to-read style and supportive tone will encourage women of all ages not to feel embarrassed by their condition and empower them to seek treatment. FAQs answered at the end of nearly every chapter are reminiscent of Pamela Ellsworth and David A. Gordon's 100 Questions and Answers About Overactive Bladder and Urinary Incontinence, though Regaining takes more of a personal approach. Recommended for public libraries, especially those with consumer health collections.-Rebecca Raszewski, Drexel Univ. Health Sciences Libs., Philadelphia Copyright 2006 Reed Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781591024163
  • Publisher: Prometheus Books
  • Publication date: 6/28/2006
  • Pages: 330
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.68 (d)

Meet the Author

Rebecca G. Rogers, M.D. (Albuquerque, NM), is director of the Women's Health Urogynecology Center at the University of New Mexico Health Sciences Center.

Janet Yagoda Shagam, Ph.D. (Albuquerque, NM), is a freelance medical and science writer and a lecturer in the Department of English at the University of New Mexico.

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