24 June 2015

Why Are We Putting Up With The Impacts Of Urinary Incontinence? #WorldContinenceWeek

This week is World Continence Week (22nd - 28th June 2015) which is aiming to raise awareness about the taboo subject of bladder weakness issues and to mark to occasion, Femifree have surveyed 2000 women about this which reveals the true impact of Urinary Incontinence. 

Just under a third said they have suffered from bladder weakness for the last five years with 48% of them saying that they believed that pregnancy and child birth was the reason why they had bladder weakness. 35% said they are embarrassed by it yet  68% of those surveyed have never consulted their GP regarding their bladder weakness, just getting on and putting up with it. 

We all know that after having a child you need to exercise your pelvic floor muscles. Some of us (me!) were a bit blasé about this when I was told and didn't even really try when I first had Thomas 6 years ago but then paid the price when it came to having more children. 

You see because of where your pelvic floor muscles are (The pelvic floor is a group of muscles that help to keep your bladder, vagina, uterus and bowel in place, they also help you control bladder and bowel movements), it means that when pregnant, the baby basically sits on them for 9 whole months and pushes them down, stretching them and making them weak which can cause loss of bladder control. 

It isn't just pregnancy that causes this though, the pelvic floor muscles are like any other muscles in the body, if you don't exercise them they can lose tone and strength causing symptoms of urinary incontinence. The most common type, Stress Incontinence, is when the pelvic floor muscles are weakened so pressure on the bladder results in leakage which can happen when you cough, laugh, sneeze, stretching, exercise and even have sex.


Two in five women say they are unaware of methods that can help them treat their UI/weak bladder, 46% have tried pelvic floor exercises/kegels but 32% find that this don't help with their bladder weakness and that they don’t feel like they make any difference.

Femifree is an innovative solution that treats the underlying cause of the problem which is clinically proven to gently strengthen the pelvic floor muscle for the effective treatment of urinary incontinence.

Other stimulation devices have to be used internally which puts off a lot of women but Femifree is placed around the upper thigh and buttock area and electrodes then stimulate the area to cause the pelvic floor muscle to contract, effectively exercising it.

It is recommended that you use the garment 30 minutes each day, 5 days per week for 12 weeks for full results but users will start to notice a real difference after around 4 weeks.

You can see how Femifree works by watching this video:


Using this treatment could give women such a better quality of life as the shocking stats that Femifree have revealed from their survey shows just how many women are affected by this on a daily basis.

According to the Femifree Lifestyle Report, 50% of the people surveyed worry about laughing in public because of this exact reason, they have no bladder control. I actually feel sad about this. I am such an advocate of talking out about your problems and speaking as much as possible to end the taboo around them. I try to write about these hard to talk about subjects as much as possible to help other women who feel embarrassed and maybe give them a little help and encouragement to do something about it.

It's not just about being afraid to laugh like I have mentioned above. Many women, 43% in fact, say it has affected the clothes they choose to wear with a fifth saying that they wear dark clothing to hide any leakage and worry that their work colleagues may notice how often they take toilet breaks.

Check out this Infographic from Femifree to see some of the stats that they collated together:


So if you are one of these people that have been suffering with urinary incontinence in silence, please seek help, there are many ways that you can strengthen your pelvic floor muscle and it's not uncommon so shouldn't be something that you embarrassed to talk about.

It's more common than you think and us women need to unite to make sure others don't feel uncomfortable about talking about this or talking about anything that affects them so badly. Get talking!

6 comments:

  1. my sister after having her second baby at 41 has real issues with this to the point that she wears the worlds biggest most uncomfortable pants with pads! She has been looking into different products which you insert to help stimulate muscles to help but hasnt taken the plunge into buying one yet

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    1. I would recommend trying this one as it's excellent x

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  2. It's refreshing to see a blogger talking about these issues and not just all the happy parts of having a baby

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    1. If there is anything that people wont talk about due to embarrassment etc, I try to do just that to make it the norm

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  3. Very very important, I had a very weak bladder on my second pregnancy, I can't stress enough how pelvis floor is very important. After giving birth everything when back to normal but still do my pelvis floor exercise no matter what.

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    1. I totally agree, I think more needs to be spoke about around this issue x

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