One must have seen or even experienced women of middle age, are not able to control their urine. In fact, we have also heard that urine leakage happens when women sneezes, laughs or coughs. Statistics have found out that every one in three women has this most embarrassing problem. This problem is known as stress urinary incontinence and this happens due to loss of bladder control. Female celebrities like Katy Perry, Kris Jenner too suffered from stress urinary incontinence. Physicians has estimated that around 50% of women in age group 40 to 60 years suffer this problem and around 75% of women in age above 75 years have this problem. With age and pregnancy, chances of stress urinary incontinence increases. But rarely does it happen from childhood.
Stress urinary incontinence has a much more distressing effect on the quality of life of Muslim women than women of other religions. Prayer (Namaz) is seen as a relationship between God and person for Muslim women; however leaking urine acts as a barrier for them. Prior to prayers, ablution is a cleansing ritual carried out by every Muslim. Passing of urine or stool while under ablution requires carrying out the ritual again as sanitation during prayers is required. Prayer requires them to stand, bend and sit recite, while reciting the verses of the Quran which they perform 5 times a day at different intervals which can cause a leakage for a person who is incontinent. It can have a negative impact on person’s psychological health. Lifestyle modifications, medications, surgery, bladder and pelvic floor muscle training are the options available to treat stress urinary incontinence depending on how badly patient is affected. Patients, who do not respond to any of the conservative treatments, can be treated with surgical interventions like bladder neck suspension, prolapse surgery, sling procedures and artificial urinary sphincter fixation, depending on the etiology.
Many women still feel embarrassed to discuss about stress urinary incontinence with their partners and close ones. It reduces the quality of life, including sexual health. Due to cultural and religious influence, many women never talk or go ahead for seeking help to get treated this problem. It is also observed that half of women, who seek help, feel that the primary care providers refrain from treating. It is very essential to talk to your partner and if needed take her to properly trained physician.
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Radha K. Iyer is a contributing writer on Treatum Blog. When she is not writing, she can be found reading health and food blogs or experimenting with her culinary skills.
Ravi Shet is the co-writer of this article and Co-founder of Treatum, an online healthcare portal connecting patients with right doctors.
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