Today marks the start of Urology Week – a global campaign launched to spread the word about the importance of urological health.
Campaigns on this scale are hugely effective in generating a talking point and playing a part in tackling a taboo… urological health, which can affect both men and women. For women, learning and gathering information about stress urinary incontinence is important as it doesn’t need to be a condition that women simply “put-up” with.
So why not make this the week you do something about your leak…stop putting it off, speak to your GP and start seeking professional help, look into all the treatment options available and no longer suffer in silence!
Earlier this year, the team at Contura (manufacturers of the minimally invasive treatment for SUI, Bulkamid®) launched the UK-wide campaign #controlyourchoice. Working with leading Consultants and “real life”, inspirational women who had recently been treated for SUI, the initiative was picked up across the national and regional media.
Based on specially commissioned stats, #controlyourchoice flagged up a number of worrying findings, including:
- Women still find discussing SUI taboo, with well over a third of women (39%) saying they had waited up to 6 months before eventually seeking treatment and a staggering 12% leaving it for up to 5 years or more.
- Four in 10 (39%) of women admit they avoid certain activities (such as bouncing on a trampoline with their children, wearing certain clothes or attending an exercise class), for fear of accidental bladder leakage, rising to 52% of women aged 35-44.
- More than a fifth (22%) say the final “tipping point” for seeking help was experiencing leakage whilst running for a bus, whilst 16% said it was the moment their partner pointed out a wet patch.
- Almost half of those questioned (48%) admit that recent concerns with mesh covered extensively in the media would deter them from seeking any advice from a health professional about treatment options for SUI.
- 9 out of 10 women questioned agree that women living with SUI are likely to simply “put up with” the condition, rather than seeking treatment and advice, despite any negative effects on their quality of life, relationships or ability to exercise.
Contura, don’t feel that stats like this are acceptable any longer and really do urge women to think about exploring their options this week – whether specialist physio, surgery or the increasingly popular and minimally invasive “bladder neck bulking.”
Taking control of your continence can not only help you to regain your confidence but allow you to run, sneeze, dance and laugh without having to worry about any embarrassing leaks – #controlyourchoice.