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Whether it’s a result of age, child birth or simply a cosmetic insecurity, women are regularly asking about treatments to address urinary incontinence and other intimacy concerns. Some requests are as simple as not feeling the same or as youthful as they once did, and others are looking to get their life back and feeling good about their appearance while being active as all of these can greatly impact a women’s confidence and quality of life.
Urinary incontinence commonly leaves the sufferer with psychological morbidity, particularly depression.*
Up to 23% of women take time off work because of their incontinence.
Women with severe urinary incontinence can pay $900 annually for adult incontinence products.
A BMJ study found 97% of GP’s surveyed found their female patients had expressed concern about their genitals and whether they were normal.**
According to the NAFC, 54% of women with undiagnosed incontinence report loss of confidence with 45% reporting a loss of intimacy.
Female sexual dysfunction (the inability to orgasm) impacts nearly 43% of women.
More than a third of women between 45 and 50 avoid athletic activities out of fear of an incontinence episode.***
Chaffing and pelvic pain are common reasons why women limit or refrain from engaging in exercise or wearing certain clothes.
*Sinclair AJ, Ramsay IN. The psychosocial impact of urinary incontinence in women. The Obstetrician & Gynaecologist 2011;13:143–148.
**Sharp Ge, Tiggemann, Mattiske J. Factors That Influence the Decision to Undergo Labiaplasty: Media, Relationships, and Psychological Well-Being. Aesthetic Surgery Journal 2016;36:469-478.
***Charalambous St., Trantafylidis Ar. Impact of urinary incontinence on quality of life. Pelviperineology 2009;28:51–53.
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