Bladder Weakness: The ‘Silent Epidemic’ of Mums

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					Bladder Weakness: The ‘Silent Epidemic’ of Mums

Mums in the UK are suffering in silence, too embarrassed to talk to their
partners or GPs about bladder weakness, according to Deflux™.

Nottingham, UK, May 22, 2012 -- New mums are usually eager to talk about
all the new experiences motherhood brings. In fact, women are often happy
to share the gory details of natural labour, birth by C-section, leaking
boobs and lack of sex that often accompany new motherhood! But despite
the apparent openness to discuss most topics, bladder weakness is the
last taboo that nobody wants to talk about.

Deflux™ [1] ( have carried out a survey
revealing that incontinence is the health condition women are least
likely to speak to their GP about, even more so than constipation. Stress
urinary incontinence (SUI) is characterised by the involuntary leakage of
urine, typically brought on by exercise, coughing or sneezing. Steve
Foley, Consultant Urologist at the Royal Berkshire Hospital in Reading,
says, “According to the Bladder and Bowel Foundation, one third of women
in the UK will have some form of SUI, but it is my belief that the vast
majority of women will suffer from this condition either because of
childbirth or the menopause.”

Bladder weakness ( has the
potential to affect many different aspects of motherhood. Most new mums
want to get back in shape as quickly as possible but you might be
tentative about undertaking certain sporting activities such as running
and cycling where there is limited access to facilities.

Playing games and running around in the park will be difficult and
helping toddlers with their tentative first bounces on the trampoline
might seem like a leap that the many mums with bladder weakness just
can’t take. “Traffic accidents” can take on a whole new meaning for those
suffering from bladder weakness, whether that’s stuck in the school run
traffic or a long motor way journey on holiday.

Although there are a number of treatment options for SUI, most new mums
think that pelvic floor exercises are the only way to prevent bladder
problems. Deflux™ research revealed that while 81% of respondents had
heard about this form of exercise, only 39% know about surgery. Now a new
surgical procedure using injection therapy
( offers women a new, less invasive
option, which has a quick recovery time and no need for an overnight stay
in hospital, which is ideal for busy mums who want to get back to their
little bundle of joy as soon as possible.

Deflux™ is a gel used in this urethral bulking procedure, which can help
improve the lives of women suffering from SUI. During the procedure, the
gel is injected into the urethra endoscopically to obtain a bulking
effect, which helps to prevent urine leakage. The process can be
undertaken under general anaesthetic or local sedation and is proven to
have minimal side effects. Women will return to normal activity, and can
even go back to work within 24-48 hours.
Steve Foley, explains, “Bladder weakness is a silent epidemic that women
are really scared to come forward and talk about. I find that most mums
wait until their children have left home before they come forward to find
a solution, not least because they think the only solution is going to be
surgery that leaves them incapacitated for weeks, which isn’t ideal with
young children. Fortunately injection therapy is a quick and simple
procedure and mums can be back on their feet again within one or two

The procedure is suitable for women of childbearing age, those who prefer
a less invasive option, those who are not suitable for a general
anaesthetic and women with residual incontinence following a surgical
procedure such as a sling insertion. In clinical trials the procedure had
a 74% success rate in the mild to moderate incontinent group.

For more information and full 3D animation of the Deflux™ procedure visit

[1] Survey conducted by Redshift Research with 500 men and 500 women.

About Deflux™: Deflux™ gel is a viscous substance consisting of two
components: dextranomer (Dx) microspheres and stabilised hyaluronic acid
of non-animal origin (NASHA™). Deflux™ is completely safe and has been
successfully used for a decade to treatment more than 200,000 children
affected with vesicoureteral reflux. In the treatment of SUI, the
dextranomer beads act as the bulking agent and have been shown to remain
at the injection site for up to four years. The hyaluronic acid is the
carrier agent, which disappears from the body.

Louise Wilkinson
Cream Communications
1 Howard Street
Nottingham, NG1 3LT

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