Are you bothered by frequent urination?
Are you bothered by urine leakage related to the feeling of urgency?
Are you bothered by urine leakage related to physical activity, coughing or sneezing?
Are you bothered by small amounts of urine leakage (drops)?
Are you bothered by difficulty emptying your bladder?
Are you bothered by pain or discomfort in the lower abdominal area or genital area?
Here are some resources to help make your next move so you can focus on find the most effective treatment option for you.
Living with urinary incontinence (UI) can be challenging – it can interfere with your activities, intrude on your social life, and be just plain inconvenient and embarrassing. Maybe you’ve heard other women talk about it — and now it’s happening to you.
Watch this video to learn more about the causes of Urinary Incontinence and potential treatment options.
If so many women are dealing with incontinence, why have you never heard women talk about it? Many women feel embarrassed, think it’s just a normal part of aging or believe they can cope with it on their own. Whatever the reason, it’s just not something most women talk about with their friends, family or physicians. We’ve spoken with women who have suffered from, and taken steps to control incontinence.
Watch the story of Julie who suffered from stress urinary incontinence and had surgery to take control of their condition.
The FDA has made a commitment to inform thepublic about urogynecologic surgical mesh forstress urinary incontinence (SUI) and maintainsinformation for patients about SUI and use ofsurgical mesh for repair of SUI on its website. Thisinformation can be accessed electronically byvisiting the following webpage:
The FDA also provides Considerations aboutSurgical Mesh for SUI which can be found at thefollowing webpage:
Additionally, the FDA provides recommendations regarding SUI surgery which are printed below and can be found at the following webpage:
Ask your surgeon about all SUI treatment options, including non-surgical options and surgical options that do and do not use mesh slings. It is important for you to understand why your surgeon may be recommending a particular treatment option to treat your SUI.
Any surgery for SUI may put you at risk for complications, including additional surgery. One complication that may occur when mesh slings are used is vaginal mesh erosion, which could require additional surgery to resolve.
If mesh erosion occurs through the vaginal tissue, it is possible that men may experience penile irritation and/or pain during sexual intercourse.
Continue with annual check-ups and follow-up care, notifying your health care provider if complications develop, such as persistent vaginal bleeding or discharge, pelvic or groin pain, or pain during sexual intercourse. There is no need to take additional action if you are satisfied with your surgery and are not having complications or symptoms.