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Incontinence Due to Pelvic Floor Issues Affects Women With DM1

Pelvic floor disorders, including urinary and anal incontinence, are common in women with myotonic dystrophy type 1 (DM1) and a cause of significant distress, according to a recent study in Canada.  “This study highlights the importance of screening these symptoms in a clinical setting and will help develop interventions to adequately treat these symptoms, taking into account the characteristics of the disease,” its researchers wrote. Ways of addressing urinary incontinence — reported by 60% of the women in this study — “should be explored due to the high prevalence of this disorder,” the team added. The study, “Prevalence of urinary incontinence and other pelvic floor disorders in women with myotonic dystrophy type 1,” was published in the journal Neuromuscular Disorders.  Read more.

Source: Bionews, January 17, 2023

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Does What You Drink Affect Your Risk of Urinary Incontinence?

Urinary incontinence affects nearly 20% of women aged older than 50 years. Many factors can influence a woman’s risk of urinary incontinence. A new study suggests that despite some commonly held misconceptions, the consumption of artificially sweetened beverages does not have a significant effect on a woman’s likelihood of developing the condition. Study results are published online today in Menopause, the journal of The North American Menopause Society (NAMS). Read more.

Source: Newswise, December 14, 2022

Viveca Biomed Launches Contrelle To Create ‘Revolution’ In Tackling Stress Urinary Incontinence

Viveca Biomed has launched an innovative and clinically-proven bladder support device, Contrelle that offers women immediate relief from stress urinary incontinence (SUI) and provides community pharmacy contractors with a way to build a new consumer base, customer loyalty and sales margins. The product, named ‘Contrelle Activgard’, has already recorded millions of sales in Scandinavia over a decade. Read more.

Source: Pharmacy Business, August 24, 2022

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Prasterone Shows Promise In Reducing Severity of Urinary Urge Incontinence

Because of a decrease in estrogen, menopause is often accompanied by multiple vaginal and urinary issues. To date, most treatment options focus on vulvar and vaginal atrophy, with fewer options available to treat urinary incontinence. A new study, however, suggests prasterone is effective in improving the severity of urinary urge incontinence. Study results are published online today in Menopause, the journal of The North American Menopause Society (NAMS). Read more.

Source: Newswise, July 27, 2022

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Newer Mesh Slings for Stress Incontinence a Safe, Effective Option for Women: Study

For women with frequent urine leakage, a newer and simpler “sling” surgery works as well as the standard version, according to a new clinical trial.  The study involved women with stress urinary incontinence, where movement that puts pressure on the abdomen — such as running, lifting, coughing or laughing — causes urine leakage. When the condition is severe, surgery may be recommended. Read more.

Source: HealthDay News, March 31, 2022

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EvidenceNOW: Managing Urinary Incontinence

In February 2022, AHRQ launched the Improving Nonsurgical Treatment of Urinary Incontinence among Women in Primary Care (INTUIT-PC). The initiative builds on AHRQ’s EvidenceNOW Model of external support to help primary care practices implement patient-centered outcomes research (PCOR) on effective nonsurgical interventions for UI such as behavioral approaches, medications, and neuromodulation. The initiative will help close the gap between evidence and primary care practice in care for UI in women. Read more.

Source: U.S. Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, February 2022

 

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New Study Finds More Than 60% of Adult Women in the U.S. Experience Urinary Incontinence

Axonics, Inc., a global medical technology company that is developing and commercializing novel products for the treatment of bladder and bowel dysfunction, today highlighted the publication of a new study that provides updated estimates of urinary incontinence (UI) prevalence in the U.S.  The study, titled “Updated Prevalence of Urinary Incontinence in Women: 2015-2018 National Population-Based Survey Data,” was published in the peer-reviewed journal Female Pelvic Medicine & Reconstructive Surgery, the official journal of the American Urogynecologic Society (AUGS). Study authors at the University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health utilized publicly available data from the 2015-2018 National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey (NHANES) sample and included over 5,000 women who completed mobile examinations and computer-assisted personal interviews with standardized UI questions. Read more.

Source: Business Wire, January 25, 2022

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Individual Pessaries For More Successful Treatment Of Stress Incontinence Through 3D Printing

Simply Standing up, doing sports, or just laughing, it’s extremely unpleasant whenever urine suddenly leaks uncontrollably. Colloquially referred to as a ‘weak bladder’, it’s known as Stress Urinary Incontinence in medical terms. Although about one in three women suffers from uncontrolled urine leakage, incontinence is still taboo. Initially merely a physical problem, it also quickly weighs on the soul. For fear of unpleasant situations, those affected often withdraw and avoid social activities with families and friends. 3D printed pessaries may relieve the burden. Read more.

Source: The Science Times, November 14, 2021

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Axonics® Expands into Stress Urinary Incontinence with the Acquisition of Bulkamid®

Axonics Modulation Technologies, Inc. (Nasdaq: AXNX), a medical technology company that has developed and is commercializing novel implantable sacral neuromodulation (SNM) devices for the treatment of urinary and bowel dysfunction, today announced that it has acquired privately-held Contura Ltd. and its flagship product, Bulkamid, a best-in-class urethral bulking agent for women with stress urinary incontinence (SUI). Read more.

Source: Business Wire, February 25, 2021

Incontinence and Shame

“At the height of laughter, the universe is flung into a kaleidoscope of new possibilities.” – Jean Houston

Incontinence and Shame, Submitted by – Lianna

Introduction

I don’t remember the first time I felt shame for my incontinence, but I remember the last time. It was just over a year ago. I had been laughing at something a coworker said, though I can’t recall what it was that I thought was so funny. That’s when it happens, you see, only when the force of the humor is so strong that I am completely overtaken with gut-bursting laughter, doubled over, my body curving in on itself as if it were trying to hold on to something invisible, some last tether to solidity, while everything else in me isContinue reading