Elk Grove Chiropractor Dr. Doug Ferguson DC 95758, Rhino Chiropractic

SUI Not An Inevitable Part Of Aging, Study Shows

With almost half of post-menopausal women believed to be suffering from stress urinary incontinence (SUI), this pelvic floor disorder has become a major health concern among women especially those in the advancing years. A recent study which was published in the March edition of Obstetrics & Gynecology has reported that incontinence is not an inevitable part of growing old and that older women do not have to endure this life-altering condition, although it may be true that incidence is very high among older women.

 

A study involving 4,103 women between the ages of 25 to 84 years was conducted by a team of researcher which included Jean Lawrence or Kaiser Permanente Southern California. These women were asked to complete a survey dealing with relevant information regarding the different pelvic floor disorders.

 

It was found, after evaluating the results, that 28 percent of the women suffered urinary incontinence, 25 percent with anal incontinence, and six percent with pelvic organ prolapse (POP). Found to be the most prevalent among the different types of urinary incontinence was stress urinary incontinence (SUI). This is consistent with official health records which show that there are over 18.3 million women in 2010 who were suffering from this type of incontinence.

 

Majority of these women were also found to suffer from more than one form of pelvic floor disorder. Eighty percent of women who were diagnosed with SUI also reported experiencing symptoms of other types of PFDs. Those who reported other forms of PFD included 69 percent from those with pelvic organ prolapse (POP) and 48 percent of those found to have anal incontinence.

 

Even if it may be true that older women seem to be affected by pelvic floor disorders, it was concluded that age was not a significant factor when compared to other risk factors which included those that may be considered modifiable. Pregnancy, childbirth through vaginal delivery, obesity, hysterectomy, and smoking were the risk factors associated with SUI.

 

Behavioral and lifestyle changes meant to prevent the occurrence of these pelvic health disorders or to effectively manage these conditions have been encouraged by healthcare providers who are fully aware of these modifiable risk factors. Observing the proper diet, engaging in exercises, quitting smoking, and maintaining the ideal weight are some of these measures.

 

Following these suggestions may greatly benefit the thousands of women who may develop these disorders or those already suffering from these disruptive conditions. With these measures, women may be spared the risk of having to undergo surgical procedures such as vaginal mesh surgeries to treat these conditions.

 

As a result of these mesh implants, thousands of women have been reported to have experienced severe complications. These have led to legal actions such as filing of vaginal mesh lawsuits against mesh manufacturers. Lawsuits have been mounting particularly in West Virginia where there are already six multidistrict litigations (MDLs), with the possibility of Neomedic becoming the seventh defendant.

 

References:

nichd.nih.gov

 

webmd.com

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