Stress Urinary Incontinence

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The joys of long sunny days and summer holidays means playing with the kids and grandchildren in the garden. Running around after them, bouncing on the trampoline….

If the the picture above has you making excuses for not getting on the tramp, you are not alone!

SUI is the involuntary leakage of urine on effort or physical exertion, or on sneezing or coughing. That dreaded moment when you bounce on the trampoline with the kids, laugh lots, cough, sneeze or star jumps when you feel the leakage occur. According to Continence NZ 1.1 million New Zealanders suffer from urinary incontinence and 1 in 3 women who have ever had a baby will have some form of urinary incontinence.

That’s a lot of leaking! Two-thirds of women who experience leakage do not seek help as it is portrayed as a normal especially after childbirth and they think nothing can be done about it. According to the adverts on TV all you need to do is put a liner on for LBL (light bladder leakage) and your life will be right again…………. 

Bladder control problems are COMMON but NOT NORMAL. This sounds like a lot of doom and gloom, but 70% of women can become dry or experience significant improvement with the right treatment, including physiotherapy.