Study Reveals Link Between Urinary Incontinence And Unsatisfactory Sex Life

Affecting over 18 million American women, the very common urinary incontinence has been shown by numerous studies to have a huge negative impact on a woman’s quality of life. An area which can have a harmful effect is the woman’s sexual life, although this may not have been given much prominence.

 

Majority of the women diagnosed with urinary incontinence believed that sexuality is a vital part of their lives, according to results of a study conducted in Sweden. Almost all women felt that their urinary problems have been a barrier not only in fully enjoying their sex lives but also in their relationship with their partners.

 

While there may be instances of actual leakage during the sexual contact, in most cases it is the fear of leaking urine that has prevented them from enjoying the moment with their loved ones. These women may also have the feeling that they are not fresh and that they may have the smell of urine or other offensive odors. The possibility of having to get up in order to go to the bathroom is another concern raised by these women.

 

Real or imagined, these factors may only contribute to the woman’s sexual dysfunction in almost all aspects. The loss of sexual desire has been attributed by many women to this condition. Even if the desire may still be there for some women, their fears may make it impossible to achieve sexual arousal. For these women, the ability to reach orgasm may become even harder.

 

Instances in which incontinent women experience pain during sexual intercourse are not isolated. In majority of these cases, the pain may be traced to her emotional condition although there is the possibility that the pain may be directly related to her condition. It may be difficult to achieve sufficient lubrication because of the inability to relax, being embarrassed, and the fear of leakage. Pain during penetration and even more during the actual contact will surely result.

 

Even with this difficulty, this does not mean that it is hopeless to have a satisfying and meaningful sexual life for the woman. There are some things an incontinent woman may do to manage this problem. For starters, the husband can be of tremendous help by being understanding and giving the necessary support. An enjoyable evening for the wife may become possible by showing patience and helping her relax.

 

Behavioral changes, pelvic floor muscle training, and other conservative methods of treating this condition may directly benefit the sexual life of a woman. The occurrence of this pelvic floor disorder may be prevented with the regular practice and observance of these approaches. Learning the various risk factors, including those that may be considered as reversible urinary incontinence, may help a lot in preventing this pelvic disorder.

 

References:

shsc.nhs.uk

ncbi.nlm.nih.gov

 

rcog.org.uk

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