Incontinence taboo

Against the taboo of urinary or faecal incontinence

Urinary and bowel incontinence are still taboo subjects in our society. Affected people feel stigmatized and often withdraw from their social environment. As part of the "World Incontinence Week", which takes place in Vienna in the last week of June, the Medical Continence Society Austria (MKÖ) draws attention to the problem and wants to encourage those affected to receive treatment. Because the chances of recovery are good.

Urinary incontinence often occurs after pregnancy "Around 15 percent of all women are affected by the 'involuntary urination'," reports Professor Engelbert Hanzal, head of the urogynecological outpatient clinic at the University Clinic for Gynecology at the MedUni Vienna at the General Hospital (AKH). Urinary incontinence is often a result of pregnancy, in which the pelvic floor is exposed to strong pressure over a long period of time. In addition, overweight and frequent heavy lifting have an unfavorable effect. Although men suffered from bladder weakness much less often, the disease is often underestimated in the "strong sex", reports the urologist Wilhelm Hübner from the Landesklinikum Weinviertel / Korneuburg. Men would suffer significantly more from the reduction in quality of life and its consequences. "While incontinence in women is associated with the positive factor of childbirth, bladder weakness after prostate surgery causes negative ideas such as cancer and impotence," says Hübner. "In contrast to the situation of women, there are currently no diagnostic guidelines for the male disease. Nevertheless, there are good and specialized treatment options for all forms of incontinence today. We are fortunate to be able to offer multiple therapy options for individual patients in many cases today. ”

Intestinal incontinence massively affects quality of life For many sufferers, intestinal incontinence represents an even greater impairment of quality of life, which also occurs more frequently in women than in men (in a ratio of 9 to 1). "The most common cause is damage to the anal sphincter, usually as a result of birth or nerve damage or neurological diseases," explains Professor Max Wunderlich. Many of those affected remain silent from Scharm for years until they trust their general practitioner and see a specialist. The chances of a cure are not bad. Around two-thirds of faecal incontinence can be cured without surgery. With urinary incontinence, half of the disorders in women can be eliminated by training the pelvic floor alone. Surgical procedures are also available.
As part of the "World Incontinence Week" numerous events against the taboo of incontinence take place. The experts also want to encourage those affected to seek medical help. “There are information events with expert lectures and the offer of personal consultations. Those affected can get expertise and help on the MKÖ counseling telephone or make an appointment and order an information package that is tied to their needs and sent free of charge, ”reports Wunderlich. (ag)

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