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

Urinary Incontinence Detrimental To Woman’s Sexual Life, Research Shows

Results of numerous studies have shown that the very common urinary incontinence, which affects over 18 million American women, can have a huge negative impact on a woman’s quality of life. The sexual life of a woman is one area which may not have been given much attention, but can be greatly devastated by this condition.

 

It was reported, based on a study conducted in Sweden, that majority of the women diagnosed with urinary incontinence believed that sexuality is a vital part of their lives. Almost all women felt that their urinary problems have been a barrier not only in fully enjoying their sex lives but also in their relationship with their partners.

 

It is the fear of leaking urine that has prevented them from enjoying the moment with their loved ones, although there might be instances of actual leakage during sexual contact. Having the smell of urine or other offensive odors and that of not being fresh may also cause anxiety on the woman. Another concern raised by these women is the possibility of having to get up in order to go to the bathroom.

 

These factors, whether real or imagined, may contribute to the woman’s sexual dysfunction in many ways. To many women, this condition has been responsible for the loss of their sexual desire. Even if some women may still have that desire, their fears may make it impossible for them to be sexually aroused. For these women, the ability to reach orgasm may become even harder.

 

Experiencing pain during sexual intercourse are not isolated instances for women with urinary incontinence. For most of these women, this pain may have to do with her emotional wellbeing although some cases may possibly be physically related to her condition. It may be difficult to achieve sufficient lubrication because of the inability to relax, being embarrassed, and the fear of leakage. This will surely cause pain during penetration and even more during the actual contact.

 

This does not mean that it is hopeless for the woman to have a satisfying and meaningful sex life despite the numerous difficulties. For the incontinent woman, there may be some things she may do to manage this problem. For starters, the husband can be of tremendous help by being understanding and giving the necessary support. An enjoyable evening for the wife may become possible by showing patience and helping her relax.

 

There are also a number of conservative methods of treating this condition, such as behavioral changes and pelvic floor muscle training, which may directly benefit a woman’s sexual life. These approaches, when practiced earlier, may prove valuable in preventing the occurrence of this pelvic floor disorder. Knowing the risks involved in the development of urinary incontinence will definitely be of tremendous help also.

 

References:

shsc.nhs.uk

ncbi.nlm.nih.gov

 

rcog.org.uk

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