Weak bladder? Protect yourself
WOMEN going through menopause often face a plethora of symptoms, including hot flushes, night sweating, insomnia and decreased sex drive.
There's also one that can be inconvenient, not to mention embarrassing, to address: bladder weakness and urinary incontinence.
According to Dr Christopher Chong, a consultant obstetrician, gynaecologist and urogynaecologist at Gleneagles Hospital, many menopausal women may notice increased difficulty with bladder and bowel control.
In his 2002 national survey, Dr Chong found that one in three women here has urinary incontinence upon coughing, sneezing, laughing and jumping.
Urine leakage when the body is straining to do such functions is called stress incontinence. It is caused when the pelvic muscles are too weak to keep the urethra closed in situations of stress and exertion.
The second main type of incontinence is urge incontinence, which refers to the leakage of urine before one can get to a toilet.
Besides menopause, childbirth and obesity can also lead to bladder weakness.
Many women may find it embarrassing to seek help, or may be unsure about where they can go for help, but Dr Chong advised that early treatment for incontinence is vital.
To cope with the condition, sufferers can purchase products such as liners and pads, or Tena Lady Protective Underwear, which is designed to look and feel like everyday underwear.
Tena's range of products protects against urine leakage and odours, and come in a range of sizes and absorbency levels for comfort and protection at all times.
Find out more about women's health at a public forum by Dr Chong and other specialists from Gleneagles Hospital at the Conrad Centennial Singapore hotel on Nov 23 from 1pm.
Registration fees for the forum, which will be conducted in Mandarin, are $12 per person until Nov 8, and $14 per person from Nov 9.
Register online at ghl-womenshealthtalk.eventbrite.sg/ or call 8312-6243.
For more information on Tena products or to request a free sample, visit www.tena.com.sg