Understanding the Link Between Urinary Incontinence in Women and Disability Risk: Insights from Recent Medical Research

Urinary incontinence, a condition that affects millions of women worldwide, may have more severe implications than previously thought. A recent study from the Rush University Medical Center has added a new dimension to our understanding of this common health issue. According to the study, urinary incontinence in women is linked with a higher risk of disability. This finding is significant and has implications for both the management and treatment of urinary incontinence in women. Read more.

Source: Medriva, January 12, 2024

Female Incontinence: A Public Health Crisis?

Women’s health has a long history of being sidelined—that’s no great secret. Women’s health issues cloaked in embarrassment are uniquely at risk of being overlooked or ignored. Urinary (UI) and fecal incontinence (FI) are among them. Shame often keeps women from speaking about bothersome symptoms, which contributes to today’s grim reality: the adult diaper market now exceeds the market for baby diapers. With 62% of adult women living with bladder leaks, I feel female incontinence has reached the level of a public health crisis. Read more.

Source: MedCity News, December 6, 2023

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Axena Health Begins First-of-Its-Kind Global Study of Female Incontinence

Axena Health, Inc. (Axena Health), a women’s health medical device company focused on scalable treatments for female pelvic health, announced today a large-scale study that will investigate the burdens of incontinence on women in low- and middle-income countries to support equitable access to treatment. The first-of-its-kind study will examine how women could access treatment within local healthcare delivery systems and in a manner that accommodates cultural norms. Study results will be available in late 2023 and will inform the development of new treatment options based on the Leva® Pelvic Health System, a digital health treatment for urinary incontinence (UI) with published studies supporting its effectiveness, including durable, long-term symptom relief. Read more.

Source: Yahoo! Finance, May 19, 2023

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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