Clinical Trials for Bladder Control Problems (Urinary Incontinence)

The NIDDK conducts and supports clinical trials in many diseases and conditions, including urologic diseases. The trials look to find new ways to prevent, detect, or treat disease and improve quality of life.

What are clinical trials for bladder control problems?

Clinical trials—and other types of clinical studies—are part of medical research and involve people like you. When you volunteer to take part in a clinical study, you help health care professionals and researchers learn more about disease and improve health care for people in the future.

Researchers are studying many aspects of bladder control problems, such as

  • new and more effective ways to control urinary incontinence (UI)
  • the use of biofeedback to control urgency incontinence
  • the use of nerve stimulation to restore bladder function in individuals with neurologic injuries

Find out if clinical studies are right for you.

Watch a video of NIDDK Director Dr. Griffin P. Rodgers explaining the importance of participating in clinical trials.

What clinical studies for bladder control problems are looking for participants?

You can view a filtered list of clinical studies on bladder control problems that are open and recruiting at You can expand or narrow the list to include clinical studies from industry, universities, and individuals; however, the NIH does not review these studies and cannot ensure they are safe. Always talk with your health care professional before you participate in a clinical study.

How is NIDDK- and NIH-funded research advancing the understanding of bladder control problems?

The NIDDK and the NIH have supported many research projects to learn more about bladder control problems, including the Symptoms of Lower Urinary Tract Dysfunction Research Network (LURN) and the Prevention of Lower Urinary Tract Symptoms (PLUS) Research Consortium. The LURN and PLUS Research Consortium conduct research to advance our understanding of bladder control problems and to improve prevention and intervention strategies for bladder health.

Last Reviewed July 2021
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