A recent study conducted by Al Ain University found that 31 per cent of women surveyed said they felt uncomfortable about admitting to such an intimate problem. However, the study also revealed that over 20 per cent of women in the UAE suffer from incontinence, but a staggering 79 per cent of sufferers do nothing to treat it.
What exactly is urinary incontinence? Defined as a condition where involuntary loss of urine becomes a social or hygienic problem, urine loss can happen during normal activities such as jumping, running, coughing and even sneezing.
There is now an effective treatment available to help women suffering from incontinence. The tension-free vaginal tape (TVT) developed by Prof. Ulf Ulmsten, Professor of Gynaecology at Uppasala University in Sweden, and distributed by Johnson and Johnson Gynaecare division is now available at leading hospitals in the UAE.
This is a straightforward method utilising a piece of specially developed prolene mesh tape which, when correctly placed around the urethra, reinforces the weak tissue in the lower pelvis that makes it difficult for women to hold their urine.
There are several causes of urinary incontinence. One is congenital and afflicts those with a weak tissue disposition. The other and more common reason arises with women who have had several natural deliveries. Often, an increase in weight and age accelerates the condition, in conjunction with the menopause and a certain genetic disposition.
You can treat or prevent urinary incontinence in several ways, from being regular with your pelvic floor exercises to undergoing this effective and relatively new pioneering treatment. The procedure can be carried out under local anaesthesia and you can leave hospital within 24 hours.
The treatment involves positioning the tape under local anaesthesia via a minute incision in the anterior vaginal wall. The tape can be adjusted to fit any woman and within a month or so, the body's own tissues grow onto the tape. In this way, the weakened tendons that hold the urethra to the pubic bone are ‘held up' suspender-style, thus immediately stopping all incontinence.
The tape is made from Prolene, a well-known material used in the surgical repair of hernias, which is easy on the body.
Because it is a minimally invasive form of treatment that improves women's quality of life dramatically, it is becoming vastly popular all over the world. Some 17,000 operations were carried out in Europe alone in the 18 months after the TVT method became available.
So if you are suffering from urinary incontinence, don't suffer in silence. This tape can keep you both dry and secure.
TVT is locally available at
American Hospital - Dr Rehab, Consultant OBGynae
Al Baraha Hospital - Dr Kheir Al Husseini, Consultant Urologist Tel: 04-2710000
Mafraq Hospital - Dr Eissa, Consultant Urologist / Professor Grundfell, Consultant OBGynae Tel: 02-5823100
Al Noor Hospital - Dr Khalil Wafa, Consultant OBGynae
For further enquiries:
Ghada Abdul Aziz, Gynaecare, Johnson & Johnson
Tel: 04-5645470 / 3085201