A weak bladder is putting many young women off participating in sport, or prompting them to give it up altogether, suggests new research.
The prevalence of urinary stress incontinence, defined as an involuntary leakage of urine, is relatively high among women, with some research putting the figure as high as 46%.

The researchers asked 679 Italian women about whether they had ever had urinary stress incontinence. All them were still having regular periods, and took part in non-competitive sports.

The anomymous responses showed that around 1 in 7 (15%) said they suffered from the condition. On average, the women had been putting up with the symptoms for six years.

Being overweight and having had children boosted the risk of urinary stress incontinence.

Of those affected, almost half said the condition occurred during routine activities, while one in three said it occurred solely during sporting activities. One in five said it occurred in both circumstances.

The most risky sports for women with the problem, in descending order of magnitude, were basketball, athletics, and tennis or squash.

Over half of those complaining of the problem experienced up to three episodes of involuntary leakage a month, but for around one in five the frequency of episodes exceeded more than three a week.

One in 10 women said that stress incontinence had prompted them to give up their favourite sport.

A further one in five said that the condition had restricted or forced them to change their activities, in a bid to avoid the risk of leakage.

The figures would have been considerably higher if women who had gone through the menopause had been included in the sample, say the authors.

They conclude that urinary stress incontinence impacts on the quality of women’s lives, affecting many aspects of routine and recreational activities, but few women seek help for the condition, they say.

“They should be given information and offered diagnostic and conservative therapeutic options,” including pelvic floor exercises, which can be very helpful, they add.

One product which has allowed women back into the gym and was clinically trialled in the UK and USA with very positive results is KEYGAL. A medical device smaller than the palm of your hand is now being used as a preventative as well as a measure to control incontinence and strengthen the pelvic floor.

Keygal is made from medical grade body friendly silicone. It is reusable enabling the user the freedom of total control.

Currently sold in health stores in the United Kingdom

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  2. Nancy says:

    It’s unfortunate that many women give up the activities they love because they don’t realize that there are solutions to treat stress incontinence. Two other medical devices that can help with pelvic floor strengthening are: vaginal cones and the Kegelmaster. The vaginal cones (or vaginal weights) are inserted into your vagina and then you squeeze your pelvic floor muscles to keep them from falling out. As your muscles get stronger, you increase the weight of the cone. There are Pelvic Toners which uses resistance to tone your pelvic floor muscles.

    • incostress says:

      Thank you for your input, it is very much appreciated. I have removed the brand name of one of the products you mentioned as we do not promote advertising, our aim is to educate.

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