Medically Reviewed by W. Brad Campbell, MD
A Higher Risk is Actually Good News for Women
A study unveiled in late 2013 indicated that 1 in 5 women face a risk sometime in her life of surgery for urinary incontinence or pelvic prolapse surgery.
HIGHER RISK THAN EARLIER STUDIES
“These figures were twice as high as studies from 1997 through 2008,” said McLeod Gynecologist Dr. Brad Campbell. “These earlier studies said that only 11% of women will undergo surgery for urinary incontinence or pelvic organ prolapse, compared to 20% in the current study.”
These higher numbers are consistent with another set of studies. In 2001, the authors predicted a 45% increase in demand by women for care of pelvic disorders in the next 30 years. By 2010, the physician authors were seeing “substantially more than expected” women for pelvic health disorders…and they raised their projections by 72%.
WHY THE HIGHER RISK?
Why are so many more women seeking care and surgery for either urinary incontinence or pelvic organ prolapse? It is NOT that women are necessarily having MORE PROBLEMS.
Like many issues in health care, there are numerous reasons:
THE GOOD NEWS
Although the lifetime “risk” of having surgery for pelvic organ prolapse or urinary incontinence has doubled, it means more women are:
Don’t hesitate to see your gynecologist and talk to them about pelvic health problems.
Source: McLeod Health, Ob.Gyn. News, American Journal of Obstetrics & Gynecology, National Institutes of Health, International Urogynecological Journal.