By: Red Hot Mamas
Published: May 26, 2010
The following article is brought to you by our November sponsor, Medtronic, Inc.
November is Bladder Health Awareness Month, and Red Hot Mamas is teaming up with Medtronic, Inc. and other leading patient advocacy groups to launch the Facing Our Moments Together campaign to spread the word about bladder control problems, which affect more than 33 million Americans, 80 percent of which are women.
Many of the women who suffer from bladder control problems do not recognize that they have a treatable condition and struggle for years before finding the right treatment option. A recent survey conducted by the National Association for Continence (NAFC) found that overactive bladder (OAB), a bladder condition that causes a severe frequency and urgency to urinate, is compromising middle-aged women’s sense of normalcy, including their emotional state, careers, social lives and relationships with friends and family. Specifically, women with OAB report that they:
- Alter their behavior in social situations
- Refrain from both normal physical activity and intense physical activity
- Refrain from physical intimacy
- Cancel plans with friends and family
- Are less productive or miss time at work
Additionally, almost half of the women surveyed worry they’ll never be able to completely control their symptoms.
The Facing Our Moments Together campaign focuses on the personal stories of women suffering from OAB – their everyday struggles, how they coped with the condition and the moment they knew it was time to seek further treatment. The campaign will encourage women who are suffering from the condition to recognize the moments they struggle most and to find resources for support or information about treatment options.
To read the personal stories of OAB patients or to learn more about the condition and the resources available, please visit the campaign Web site at www.facingourmoments.com.