Facts on Stress Induced Urinary Incontinence
- In 2010 it was estimated that 4.2 million Australian’s over the age of 15 suffer some form of urinary incontinence and pelvic floor dysfunction.
- Of those who are women, just under half are aged less than 50 years.
- It is widely recognised that SUI is under-reported with many women not seeking help.
- Approximately 45% of women aged between 30-45 suffered some form of incontinence. You are not alone.
- It is believed that 70% of people with urinary leakage do not seek help with their problem due to the private and embarrassing nature of the condition. (Millard 1998)
- $500 is the average cost per year for women purchasing incontinence pads to manage their light bladder leakage(1, 2).
- $49.95 will buy you a Confidant product that will last up to 4 months.
- There is a high prevalence of stress and urge incontinence in female elite athletes(3).
- According to the Journal of General Medicine 2005 vol 7 (4), 30% of women will develop SUI within 5 years after their first vaginal delivery.
- 12% of Australian women aged under 30 and have never had children suffer urinary incontinence.
(1) Average prices of two commonly used Australian bladder weakness management brands, per pad etc.
(2) Source: Subak et al, 2007; Pharmacy Direct www.pharmacydirect.com.au. Pharmacy Direct is an online direct-order company. Use of Pharmacy Direct price is the preferred method of economic evaluation proposed by the Department of Health and Ageing’s ‘Manual of resource items and their associated cost’, 2009
(3) Bo, K and Borgen, JS. 2001. Prevalence of stress and urge urinary incontinence in elite athletes and controls. Med Sci Sports Ex, 33(11), 1797-1802