Stress incontinence is one of the most common forms of incontinence and it’s estimated that three million people in the UK are affected although this number may be conservative because some won’t mention it to their doctors. It also becomes more common in women as they age and go through the menopause. Estimates suggest that 1 in 5 women over 40 may suffer some degree of stress incontinence.
While it is true that women undergo a hysterectomy for a variety of reasons, including severe cases of pelvic organ prolapse (POP) also known as genitourinary prolapse—it is also true that having a hysterectomy can contribute to the development of prolapse. More than 10 percent of women who have a hysterectomy experience varying degrees of prolapse symptoms.
A number of alternative treatments are suggested to cope with urinary incontinence such as bladder control training, using pelvic floor muscles (kegel exercises to strengthen the muscles to stop the flow of urine); biofeedback where electrical signals from the vagina or rectum can help you become more aware of your body’s signals; timed voiding and bladder training where you train your body to go to the loo at specific times of the day.