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New research reveals almost 1 in 3 Irish women don't feel 'in control' of their daily lives

New research reveals almost 1 in 3 Irish women don't feel 'in control' of their daily lives

New research reveals almost 1 in 3 Irish women don't feel 'in control' of their daily lives
Four pregnancies later, three of which were back to back and I'm not shy in admitting my pelvic floor has had a good old whack.
 
I've lost count of the number of times I've sneezed or had a good old belly laugh and leaked, it happens. I'll also confess that while I suffer from a urinary incontinence problem I have not done my pelvic floor exercises and that's something I really need to work on. There's no time like the present so as I piece together this article I may as well start. If your one of the many women who also suffer from this rather embarrassing problem, why not do it with me?

OAB Outlook has been campaigning to urge women to stay #incontrol last week during World Continence Week. Research shows over half of Irish women aged 40+ feel pressure to appear 'always in control'. While one-quarter of women aged 40+ have experienced symptoms of overactive bladder. Almost half of those women have not talked to their GP when experiencing these symptoms.
Research was conducted by Astellas as part of World Continence Week 2017 (June 19th-25th) #incontrol campaign to help women gain control over all aspects of their lives, including health, and to educate women in Ireland about the prevalence of overactive bladder. It is estimated to affect over 350,000 people across the country while a staggering one-in-four have never heard of the condition.

According to physiotherapist Maeve Whelan, anyone experiencing symptoms of over active bladder can take easy steps to control it:
‘’A leaky bladder doesn’t have to take over your life and cause embarrassment. There are some simple solutions you can try right away to curb urinary incontinence. For example, a simple pelvic floor exercise called a Kegel is great way to improve the pelvic floor muscles as part of your daily routine. Kegels work by squeezing pelvic floor muscles as if you’re trying to stop urinating. Get into the habit of doing them on a daily basis, about three times a day – they can stop leakages or significantly reduce it.’’

If your one of many women who suffers from overactive bladder, please don’t suffer in silence. For more information about overactive bladder as well as access to very useful resources like a free bladder diary, symptom checker and self-assessment questionnaire, visit www.oab.ie. 
 
Written by Kellie Kearney, Guest Writer With Family Friendly HQ.