We need to ensure women have access to safe, effective procedures to treat incontinence and prolapse – including those using mesh.
They are rarely talked about but vaginal pessaries can give women freedom and security if they have prolapse or urinary incontinence.
Knowing where your pelvic floor is and how to exercise it properly can help male incontinence – and might even have some happy side effects.
Social media is awash with ads for interactive games and devices to strengthen the pelvic floor. But do they work?
Up to 20 per cent of women have pain during sexual intercourse and up to 40 per cent have issues with bladder control. Physiotherapy can help.
A step-by- step coordinated physiotherapy plan is key for patients with disorders related to the pelvic floor.
The persistent stigma surrounding incontinence has paralysed today’s inventive minds.
Doing them properly is key.
If you haven’t had kids you probably haven’t given much thought to your pelvic floor muscles. But 5 out of 5 experts say all women should regularly exercise them.
Diseases low on the hierarchy of prestige are often difficult to diagnose and treat.
In the hierarchy of diseases, those suffering from ‘high prestige’ diseases benefit from strong community and clinical support, while others are left in the dark.
Around on in five women might need surgical treatment for prolapse or urinary incontinence.
Mesh surgery for urinary incontinence is effective and extensively studied, while the mesh used in pelvic prolapse is problematic. But the Senate has conflated the two, which will confuse women.
The shame of incontinence and why no one wants to talk about it.
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Incontinence is frighteningly common.
Hundreds of women have complained of adverse reactions from transvaginal mesh implants.
Regulatory bodies approved some medical devices to treat pelvic organ prolapse and urinary incontinence before having data to prove their safety and efficacy.
In addition to a shortage of public toilets, current innovations in their design may not be suitable for an ageing population.
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Millions of people need to be confident that suitable public toilets will be available when they leave their homes. A shortage of such facilities is a serious problem for an ageing population.
Up to 50% of women who have had children will experience vaginal prolapse.
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A common operation to treat vaginal prolapse using an artificially grafted mesh has women needing repeat surgery due to mesh exposure, and suffering from bladder injury and urinary incontinence.
Urinary incontinence is often seen as a degrading condition and women can feel too ashamed to seek help.
Women with urinary incontinence are often too embarrassed to seek help from their doctor. But there is more likelihood of a cure for those who receive treatment at an earlier point.
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