June 23-29 is World Continence Week, which aims to create awareness about incontinence: a common condition among women, but one that many of us struggle to talk about. This lack of dialogue often results in incontinence going untreated, despite the existence of accessible and simple solutions. This week, Intimina is spreading the message that bladder leaks are not just a normal part of life, and should never be ignored.
What exactly is urinary incontinence?
Urinary incontinence usually starts as light bladder leaks when you cough, laugh or exercise. This may often be brought on by pregnancy and childbirth, which can weaken the pelvic floor, or by the hormonal changes that occur during menopause. The pelvic floor is essential for maintaining continence and when it’s weakened it can’t do its job properly.
Watch Dr Laurie Bailey Birkholz, from our Medical Advisory Board, to learn more about urinary incontinence, the common types of incontinence women experience and what role the pelvic floor plays in maintaining continence.
Urinary incontinence: Early intervention
The great news is that there are simple early interventions that can resolve mild incontinence. The most commonly recommended by doctors: Kegel exercises! Here is Dr Debra Wickman recommending just that. She talks about the prevalence of incontinence among women and the fact that many women just accept this as a part of life. She stresses how important it is to reach these women and tell them about early interventions like Kegel exercises that can treat urinary incontinence.
Check out the Intimina blog for further information on how to do Kegel exercises to prevent and treat bladder leaks and managing incontinence through diet and other behavior changes. Remember that early intervention is the key to stopping leaks. Millions of women around the world suffer from leaks, and they need to know that there are simple solutions to treat their condition. Bladder leaks are not just a normal part of life, and should never be ignored.