An event for women, of all ages, about bladder weakness was held last week at George Eliot Hospital Training and Education Centre.
This practical tips and techniques evening was open to all women in Nuneaton, Bedworth, North Warwickshire and the surrounding area and well received by everyone who attended.
Gynaecologist Mrs Neena Navaneetham and Specialist Women’s Health Physiotherapist, Mandy Casey shared some practical tips, explained away a few of the myths around this topic and demonstrated the correct way to do pelvic floor exercises. They have also created a web page on the George Eliot Hospital website with further information.
Gynaecology Consultant, Mrs Neena Navaneetham said:” This was our first event to share some practical advice to local women.
“Women don’t have to suffer in silence and it doesn’t have to mean wearing pads your entire life is you have this problem. There are multiple ways to control incontinence and we wanted to share some of our knowledge with others.”
Bladder issues are important and millions of women in the UK have some degree of urinary incontinence. The most common reason for having this condition are changes that have occurred to the muscles and support structures of the pelvic floor after pregnancy and childbirth.
Incontinence is the loss of bladder control. It is not a disease or a syndrome, but the result of certain medical conditions and lifestyle choices. It causes a great deal of distress and embarrassment for the individual. Patients also incur costs trying to support their issues.
Myths and misconceptions about bladder control problems often interfere with appropriate management of any conditions.
A few of the recommendations at the event included:
· Lifestyle changes, such as losing weight and cutting down on caffeine and alcohol
· Pelvic floor exercises (exercising your pelvic floor muscles by squeezing them) taught by a physiotherapist
· Bladder training (where you learn ways to help you can wait longer between needing to urinate and passing urine) guided by a Continence Advisor.
Further events are planned this year to support both men and women.