by Spinks J
Spinks J. Self Care in Urinary Incontinence. SelfCare 2011;2(6):160-166
Urinary incontinence and its associated urinary symptoms have a major impact on the lives of those who suffer from them. The prevalence of the condition is high with estimates of as many as one in three women over the age of 181. Despite this, only a small minority of sufferers are known to health services with only 20% of people with the condition receiving active treatment1. The impact on quality of life for those with the condition is large. There are high levels of fear and anxiety associated with the symptoms suffered, together with a social stigma which leaves sufferers reluctant to discuss the problem. This reluctance applies even to those who could help, such as their GP.