As part of this month’s Continence Awareness Week two nurses are sending the message that there is no shame to incontinence, as they attempt to break down the stigma attached to the condition.
Continence advisors Helen Pursch and Elizabeth Shaw said bad continence problems will affect one in four Australians at some point in their lives, but 60% do not seek medical help.
Which is mostly due to the embarrassment factor. But often the problem can be easily fixed with a few simple life changes or by using some of the excellent products now available.
They say it is important to note that incontinence is not just a part of ageing that one must accept. There are various types of incontinence and various causes, ranging from nervousness to stress incontinence after childbirth.
The theme of Continence Awareness Week this year was carers, focusing on the impacts of those around patients with continence problems.
Dr. Danny Keiller, a San Diego-based urologist says men and women are different in dealing with incontinence.
Dr. Keiller says that whilst it is not so common for men to experience urinary incontinence they do not always deal with it as well as women.
Men are reluctant to admit incontinence. They often do not seek treatment in a timely manner.
Keiller says: “Men don’t sit around and talk to other guys when they have this problem. As a result most guys don’t always recognize symptoms or know the various options to solving incontinence.”
The most common causes of the condition are being overweight, heavily smoking or diabetes. It is also one of the most common side effects of prostate cancer treatment.
Some men choose incontinence pads long term. But this solution is slow in coming. The products must be made for men, to fit the male pelvis.
So it’s lucky that here at Allanda we are ahead of the game in providing a full range of Male incontinence products.
The new issue of the American Society for Reproductive Medicine Journal, Fertility and Sterility, published a new study which indicates that birth control pills decreases urinary incontinence.
According to the study, premenopausal women who take oral contraceptives have lower rates of urinary incontinence when compared to women who use other forms of contraceptive.
Researchers found that the hormones in birth control pills have a positive influence on vaginal connective tissues, blood flow and thickness in premenopausal women.
Even though more studies are needed on how much effect hormones might have on urinary incontinence, study authors say doctors should consider birth control pills to treat urinary incontinence in premenopausal women.
Townsville Hospital in north Queensland is leading the way in treating women with urinary stress incontinence.
The hospital is one of the first in Australia to use a MINIARC – a non-invasive miro-sling fitted during day surgery.
Professor Ajay Rane, the hospital’s director of urogynaecology:
“The surgical procedure is quite a small procedure – it takes about two to three minutes, it involves making a small cut where the bladder is and then we insert this little sling.”
The structure is so robust that we believe it will hold on even if you were to say go for a run after 48 hours or lift some heavy shopping bags.”
He added: “Our oldest patient is 95-years-old and our youngest patient is 17. In fact, the operation is so minimally invasive it can be done in some instances under local anaesthesia and therefore it can be actually used for patients of any age group whatsoever.”
Whilst these sorts of treaments are suited to some people, others prefer the completely non-invasive option.
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The Bladder and Bowel Foundation will be holding this years National Continence Awareness Week held from 21st to the 25th September 2009.
The main focus of this years campaign is the fact that incontinence and bowel control problems can affect anyone at any age. Local events will be held to highlight to those who are affected by incontinence, patients and carers alike, that there is no need not suffer in silence.
The Bladder and Bowel Foundation was formed in September 2008 but has a 20 year history having replaced both Incontact (Action on Incontinence formed in 1989) and the Continence Foundation (established in 1992 and closed in May 2008).
A new Cochrane review found that disposable insert pads are most effective in the management of light urinary incontinence in women.
The review’s findings, reveal that for leakage prevention, overall acceptability and preference, disposable inserts were best for light urinary incontinence.
Of the 85 women taking part in the study the majority preferred the disposable insert pads, but some preferred the other cheaper designs.
The review’s authors concluded that allowing women to choose their preferred design of absorbent product would be more cost-effective and would provide better patient satisfaction than the provision of disposable insert pads alone.
The authors said that light urinary incontinence can be difficult to define because urine volumes, flow and frequency rates may vary while still being considered ‘light’. A practical definition is urine loss that can be contained within a small absorbent pad.
Popular TV presenter and former “I’m a Celebrity…….Get Me Out Of Here!” contestent, Esther Rantzen is supporting the relaunch of the charity Crossroads Care.
Crossroads Care (formerly Crossroads) is the leading provider for carers and the people they care for and are a network of local charities employing over 5,00 trained professionals who provide both practical and emotional support to carers.
Esther Rantzen, who recently hinted at standing for parliament, said “there are an astonishing six million carers in this country, many of them schoolage children. When they reach a point at which they can no longer cope on their own, they need to know where to find help.”