Study Reveals Link Between Urinary Incontinence And Unsatisfactory Sex Life

March 6, 2014

Results of different studies have shown that the very common urinary incontinence, which affects over 18 million American women, can have a huge negative impact on a woman’s quality of life. One such area in a woman’s life which may not have been given much attention but can have distressing effects is in her sexual life.

 

It was reported, based on a study conducted in Sweden, that majority of the women diagnosed with urinary incontinence believed that sexuality is a vital part of their lives. It was felt by almost all women that their urinary problems did not only affect their relationship with their partners but have created a barrier in their opportunity to enjoy their sex lives fully.

 

Preventing these women to enjoy the moment with their loved ones is the fear of leaking urine rather than the actual leakage during sexual contact although this may occur in some instances. 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. This condition, according to many women, has been hugely responsible for the loss of their sexual desire. Even if the desire may still be there for some women, their fears may make it impossible to achieve sexual arousal. Even harder still for these women is the ability to reach orgasm.

 

Instances in which incontinent women experience pain during sexual intercourse are not isolated. For most of these women, this pain may have to do with her emotional wellbeing although some cases may possibly be physically 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. The result of this will be pain during penetration and more pain when actual contact is maintained.

 

Although it can be really difficult for a woman, this does not mean that it is hopeless to have a satisfying and a meaningful sex life. For the incontinent woman, there may be some things she may do to manage this problem. A good start that would help tremendously would be the husband giving the necessary support and by being understanding. By showing patience and helping her relax, the wife may actually have an enjoyable evening.

 

There are also a number of conservative methods of treating this condition, such as behavioral changes and pelvic floor muscle training, which may directly benefit a woman’s sexual life. These approaches, when practiced earlier, may prove valuable in preventing the occurrence of this pelvic floor disorder. 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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