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Acupuncture for urge incontinence.

A randomized controlled trial conducted by the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology at the Oregon Health and Science University in Portland of 85 women (median age 51) experiencing symptoms of overactive bladder with urge incontinence showed that those who received acupuncture had a 59 percent decrease in the number of incontinent episodes (the control group experienced a 40 percent reduction). After four bladder-specific acupuncture treatments over a period of a week, the women answered a questionnaire and kept a three-day voiding diary. Compared with baseline, women in the treatment group had significant improvement in urinary frequency (14 percent reduction), and proportion of voids associated with urgency (30 percent reduction). Other treatment options for urge incontinence include physiotherapy and medication. (Obstetrics and Gynecology 2005; 106: 138-143).
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Date:Nov 1, 2005
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