Many women suffer from this problem but very few are willing to speak about it. Urinary stress incontinence is the condition whereby a person involuntarily urinates when sneezing, coughing, laughing or exercising. However, there is a solution for this problem.
“There is a large number of women who suffer from this problem, and naturally, too many are embarrassed to speak about it.” Says Dr. Kiran Bijlani, Specialist Gynecologist at Royal Bahrain Hospital. The difficulties faced day to day by sufferers are numerous. A woman wouldn’t be able to keep fit and go to the gym because of the possible occurrence, and some women may limit their social life as they’re afraid that laughing, coughing or sneezing in public could lead to an embarrassing situation. In fact, many of these women find themselves worrying constantly when in public, because a cough or a sneeze could cause them major public humiliation. The stress compounded from worrying about this situation and constantly being cautious could have many side effects on the woman.
On that note, Dr. Kiran delivers some positive news. “There is a way to solve this problem. In fact, some of the treatments would take no more than 15 to 20 minutes!” All treatments are minimally invasive or non-invasive, and the majority of them do not take a lot of time. Dr. Ravisankar Pillai, Specialist Urologist at Royal Bahrain Hospital, explains about the treatments. “For example, trans-cutaneous electric nerve stimulation is a non-invasive treatment done over a series of sessions, whereas Botox injections, sub-urethral slings and the use of bulking agents are minimally invasive procedures. Additionally, Royal Bahrain Hospital also offers all the major surgeries in case the problem is found to be more severe.”
The problem is pinpointed through urodynamic testing, an advanced test that will analyze the urine in order to conclude what is the source of the urinary incontinence. From there, the doctor can decide on a procedure that will solve the issue.
“This is truly a life changing procedure for many women.” Says Dr. Kiran. “Women who were afraid to exercise can enjoy a trip to the gym, and laugh with their friends and family without worry.”
Dr. Kiran Bijlani [MBBS, M.D., DGO] is a Specialist Gynecologist and Dr. Ravisankar Pillai, [MBBS, MD, FEBU] is a Specialist Urologist at Royal Bahrain Hospital. To book your appointment, call 17246800 and visit www.royalbahrainhospital.com for more information.