stress incontinence

Stress incontinence: causes, effects and how we can help

While it may be an embarrassing issue, between three and six million individuals suffer with some form of urinary incontinence a year, the majority of which is caused by stress. Anything that alters the pressure placed on the abdomen, be it coughing, sneezing or even laughing, may cause urine to be passed uncontrollably. Trivial tasks become a point of fear, causing psychological effects that can have a great impact upon your quality of life. Stress incontinence is more common in women, with one in five women in this country suffering. If you’re affected, you don’t have to stay quiet any longer.

Contrary to public opinion, it is not necessarily ageing that is to blame, and it is instead the consequence of a weakening of pelvic floor muscles that causes stress incontinence. Childbirth can be a cause of this, as can surgical procedures, such as a hysterectomy. Stress incontinence may also be the consequence of neurological conditions such as Parkinson’s, or due to taking medications for other illnesses that can act as diuretics.

As sensitive as illness stress incontinence can be, do not suffer in silence, as treatment is available that can greatly improve your health and wellbeing. The psychological strain due to stress incontinence is not to be underestimated and you should seek help from a well-trained professional at the nearest opportunity. Hysterectomy procedures can often cause damage to the bladder also, resulting in subsequent complications to your health. However there are different options available, such as sacrohysteropexy.

At The Pelvic Clinic, consultant gynaecologist Mr. Jonathan Broome has a huge amount of experience in treating stress incontinence, having performed hundreds of surgeries. There are numerous procedures available in order to find the treatment best suited to your individual illness. These range from pelvic floor exercises to lifestyle changes and medication, before moving towards surgical treatment. Surgery is a highly effective and permanent treatment for stress incontinence, allowing you to once again live your life to the fullest. Take back control of your life and laugh with abandon once again, waving your stress incontinence problems goodbye.

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