Women told "you are not alone", weak bladders are a common problem

10 July 2017

It is a subject that most women would prefer to keep quiet about – but female incontinence is treatable and experts at Spire Methley Park Hospital say it shouldn’t be suffered in silence!

“If women did discuss it with friends they would find they are certainly not alone,” said Consultant Gynaecologist Mr Richard Assassa.

“Research shows that 25 to 45 percent of women have some degree of urinary incontinence (UI) at some time in their lives,” said Mr Assassa “In fact twice as many women than men experience UI and when you consider things like pregnancy, childbirth and the menopause, as well as the structure of the female urinary tract, it isn’t hard to see why.”

Mr Assassa added: “The subject is much more discussed nowadays than it was in the past but most women still put up with the problem for a long time before going to see their GP and starting along the treatment pathway.

“Yet, in so many cases, the solution is a fairly simple one. We undertake urodynamic assessments and biofeedback to establish exactly how the patient’s bladder is functioning. Sometimes it can be treated by effective pelvic floor exercises, behavioural changes, bladder retraining and medication. 

If you are one of the women who has to cross their knees and rush to the toilet, injections of Botox into the bladder might be a minimally invasive option to stop the problem.  Many patients find that their life is transformed without the need for frequent trips to the toilet and embarrassing mishaps".

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The content of this article is provided for general information only, and should not be treated as a substitute for the professional medical advice of your doctor or other health care professional.

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