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Childbirth, menopause, ageing and stress incontinence: dispelling the myths

How nurses can explain that pads are not the answer and need not be inevitable

How nurses can explain that pads are not the answer and need not be inevitable

  • Women are more likely than men to experience involuntary loss of urine when they laugh, cough, sneeze or lift a heavy weight
  • Getting the message across that stress incontinence is preventable can be a challenge, say nurse specialists
  • Read tips for how to begin with an honest conversation – and why terms like ‘bladder weakness’ are unhelpful
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If there’s one thing that frustrates Alison Wileman, it is the implication that stress incontinence is somehow inevitable or even ‘normal’.

As chair of the RCN bladder and bowel forum and Southern Health NHS Foundation Trust continence service

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