For some, the embarrassment of a leaky bladder—whether it’s a few drops escaping when they sneeze, cough or laugh out loud, a small trickle when they hear the tinkling of running water, or a tell-tale wet spot after gym or tennis —prevents them from talking to their friends or partner about it, let alone looking for answers or seeking help for what is a fairly easily managed and treated problem.
Yet in a society where commercials for toilet paper, tampons and impotence cures interrupt our favourite TV programmes on a nightly basis, and sex helps sell everything from magazines to real estate, many bladder treatment experts are aghast as why this issue isn’t talked about. Women need to know the facts about bladder leakage , including the causes such as prolapse and the triggers .
But why are females so coy about their bladder’s problems and the fact that they tend to leak because of normal life events such as childbirth, menopause and aging?
Female plumbing is still a taboo subject
The reality is that many females happily discuss their menstrual cycles, childbirth experiences and their sex lives – sometimes with people they barely know – but are uneasy or shy about discussing their bathroom habits even with those closest to them. Perhaps they’d be more inclined to share their experiences if they knew that light bladder leakage is much more widespread than they realise.
It’s such a common problem
While many women feel as if they’re the only one with this problem, the truth is that their friends and workmates may very well be living with it, too. In fact, one in four women over the age of 18 experience episodes of involuntary leaking of urine or female incontinence as it’s known, with 40 percent of menopausal women suffering the condition.