•  

Urinary Incontinence

09 October 2013

According to a recent research there are more than 14 million people in the UK with bladder or bowel problems. Unfortunately not everyone has the confidence to seek advice or help about their problems, often due to embarrassment, social stigma or lack of information being available about local services.

Urinary incontinence occurs when the normal process of storing and passing urine is disrupted.

This can happen for a number of reasons, and certain factors may also increase your chance of developing urinary incontinence.

Risk factors in women include:

·         Pregnancy – this could be during or at least 6 weeks after the birth, difficult deliveries or vaginal delivery

·         Obesity – having a BMI (body mass index) of 30 or more

·         Family history of bladder problems

·         A coexisting medical condition such as dementia, spinal injury or multiple sclerosis

·         Symptoms that affect your bladder or urethra

·         Age – there is evidence to suggest that bladder problems increase over the age of 45 years

Risk factors in men include:

·         Increasing age

·         Family history of bladder problems

·         A coexisting medical condition such as dementia, spinal injury or multiple sclerosis

·         Symptoms that affect your bladder or urethra

·         Prostate surgery

If you have noticed any changes in your bladder (or bowel) emptying habit that is disrupting your lifestyle have the confidence to speak to your local continence nurse, practice nurse or GP. Please don’t suffer in silence; there are people skilled to help. It just takes one call, a call that could really make a difference to your quality of life. If you prefer not to speak to someone you can email me.

 

Leave your comment