In a nutshell
The study evaluated the effectiveness of magnetic stimulation (MS) in urgency urinary incontinence (UUI). The study found that MS showed promising results in treating UUI.
Urinary incontinence (UI) is the involuntary leakage of urine. Urinary incontinence is categorized into stress UI, urgency UI, and mixed UI. UUI is a sense of sudden urge to urinate with a loss of bladder control.
Due to UUI’s chronic nature, the treatment options for UUI are limited. However, symptom relief can be managed with the help of magnetic stimulation (MS). MS is a process where electrical currents stimulate weak muscle nerves. This leads to activation of the weakened muscle nerves. However, the effectiveness of MS in the treatment of UUI is not completely explored.
Methods & findings
The study reviewed 5 other studies that included women with UUI treated with MS.
Overall, MS was an effective method of managing UUI. Patients in all studies showed better quality of life and decreased number of incontinence episodes per week.
In one study, 40% of patients were free of UUI symptoms after 1 year. In another study 58% of patients recovered from UUI and 26% of patients improved. However, in this study 53% of patients had their symptoms recur after 6 moths.
The bottom line
The study concluded that MS was an effective treatment method for women with UUI.
The fine print
All the studies had different methodologies and used different criteria for evaluating treatment effectivenes. More clinical trial studies are warranted especially longer follow-up studies.
Published By :
International urogynecology journal
Mar 06, 2023