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Urinary and fecal incontinence is a treatable condition that involves the involuntary loss of urine or stool. It is not an inevitable side effect of aging. With proper care, it can be treated and, in most cases, cured. Sentara offers a comprehensive therapy program to help.

Symptoms of Incontinence
Urine leakage during exercise, sneezing, coughing, laughing, or associated with urgency
Feeling the need to urinate as often as 6-8 times a day
Inability to completely empty your bowel or bladder without straining

Conditions That Benefit From Treatment
Stress incontinence: urine leakage due to poor control and support of the pelvic floor muscles
Urge incontinence: leakage due to an overactive bladder
Overflow incontinence: leakage due to incomplete emptying of the bladder
Urinary urgency/frequency: also caused by overactive bladder and weak pelvic floor
Fecal incontinence: involuntary loss of fecal matter
Constipation: inability to have a bowel movement without straining
Pelvic pain: pain in the vagina or lower abdomen often with sexual intercourse

Continence And Pelvic Floor Program Treatment Methods
A comprehensive evaluation
Pelvic floor strengthening and coordination exercises
Biofeedback to assess performance of pelvic floor exercises and assure improved control
Electrical stimulation to reduce bladder irritation and strengthen pelvic floor muscles
Bladder retraining to increase length of time between urination
Behavioral modification to control urges
Education on bladder health and dietary influences

Please note that a physician referral is required for patients to receive therapy services.

Continence and Pelvic Floor services are available at the following Sentara Therapy Center locations:

Hilltop - Virginia Beach
Obici - Suffolk
Princess Anne - Virginia Beach

Learn about urinary incontinence in women and urinary incontinence in men from Sentara Urology Services or visit the APTA’s Section of women’s Health at


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