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Remember the days when you thought that bladder weakness was only the territory of the 80 year old lady who lived down the road? Now that we’re all quite a bit older, and wiser it’s time to face facts – bladder weakness is actually far more common than you think and is most certainly not just the territory of the 80 year old lady down the road!
Let me break it down for you here
- Bladder problems affect more than 200m people worldwide according to the World Health Organization.
- The NHS estimates that between 3 and 6 million people in the UK have some degree of urinary incontinence.
- Women are 5 times more likely to develop urinary incontinence then men thanks to childbirth and the menopause.
With half the female population expected to experience urinary incontinence at some point in their lives, why is it still such a taboo, hush-hush subject? We daren’t raise the subject anywhere, with anyone, despite the fact that behind closed doors this is affecting more people than you probably could have ever imagined before reading this post.
Surely it’s about time we got real about bladder weakness?
I think for many of us, we choose to ignore it, and sweep it under the carpet because deep down inside, we are worried that once we have bladder weakness – it’s game over. That it will stop us from living life to the full.
But thank goodness for us all, this is actually somewhat of a myth because actually, with the right products, exercises and small lifestyle changes you can continue to live a full and active life with bladder weakness.
And while we’re talking about bladder weakness myths….
Let me point out some other myths surrounding bladder weakness for you:
- Bladder weakness isn’t just the realm of those after pregnancy and the old. Bladder weakness affects 1 in 3 women over the age of 18 and can also be caused by the menopause, being overweight and strenuous sports.
- Drinking less doesn’t alleviate bladder weakness – this can actually irritate your bladder by making your urine more concentrated therefore making it more active!
- Only women suffer from bladder weakness – wrong again! One in four men in the UK over the age of 40 also experience some form of bladder weakness too.
This World Continence Week (18th – 24th June), Essity, global leaders in hygiene, are urging us to break the taboos and myths surrounding bladder weakness….and getting it out in the open is one of the very best ways to do just that with their Hygiene Matters campaign. You can help break the silence right here right now by leaving a comment or sharing this post across social media and to let everybody know that hygiene and bladder weakness matters, and not just to the 80 year old lady down the road.
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