Stress incontinence is ruining my sex life
Ask Dr Hilary column
Q. Ever since the birth of my third child six months ago, I’ve suffered from stress incontinence (I leak when I cough or sneeze or exercise) and my sex life is distinctly lack lustre as I can’t really feel much. My GP has referred me to a physiotherapist on the NHS but he told me it could take months. What can I do in the meantime?
A. One in six women experience sexual problems after childbirth and one in three will suffer embarrassing leaks when they cough or sneeze. A weakened pelvic floor accounts for about 65% of female urinary incontinence – which affects 4 million women in the UK – and unfortunately, the pelvic floor exercise leaflets that are handed out have little proven value. Many doctors take the view that surgery alone can make a difference, but it often fails to bring about a complete long-term solution. So it amazes me why so few women (and doctors for that matter) know about the PelvicToner. Available on NHS prescription (free with a maternity exemption certificate), this neat little pelvic toning device can improve both a woman’s sex life (80% in a user survey) and levels of stress incontinence (86% in the same survey).
A two-year randomised clinical trial of the PelvicToner showed it was just as effective as traditional treatment recommended by NICE.
Reproduced from Rosemary Conley Diet and Fitness Dec/Jan2013
Dr Hilary Jones is a general practitioner and also a television (ITV Daybreak) and radio presenter (BBC Radio2 Steve Wright Show), and a writer on medical issues.