What many women are too embarrassed to talk about …


Do you map out where all the public washrooms are located before leaving your house? Do you avoid various types of physical activities because you’re scared of having an accidental leak? Many women would say yes, to both. While it is difficult to estimate the number of women affected by Stress Urinary Incontinence (SUI), as many women are embarrassed to talk about it, it is estimated that up to 35% of adult women in Canada experience lack of bladder control, weakened pelvic floor muscles, and other intimate health-related issues. Numerous factors can contribute to SUI including childbirth, aging, hormones, and genetics.

“Women shouldn’t feel intimidated or ashamed to talk about their pelvic floor issues,” says Dr. Jessica Shepherd, a Board-Certified OB/GYN, women’s health expert practicing in Dallas, Texas. “Bladder leakage and intimacy issues can directly affect one’s self-esteem and significantly impact lifestyle choices. In my practice alone, about 15% of my patients suffer from Stress Urinary Incontinence.”

Dr. Shepherd has been speaking to her patients and the public about the importance of voicing women’s health issues for over ten years. “Women are often uncomfortable discussing these types of issues as they feel there is a stigma attached to urinary leakage”, says Dr. Shepherd. “What they may not know is that their sister and neighbour may have the same concerns.” Many women choose to suffer in silence and live with the associated symptoms due to the misconception that the condition is difficult to treat and resolve. Dr. Shepherd notes that dealing with the stress and symptoms of SUI can reduce quality of life and can often lead to other emotional factors such as fear and anxiety about leaving home, lowered self-esteem, depression, and reduced intimacy.

Dr. Shepherd adds, that once diagnosed, most women are anxious about how to manage the symptoms and are concerned that they will require surgery to correct SUI. Existing treatments include lifestyle changes, such as weight loss and strengthening pelvic floor muscles, medication, injections, and in some cases surgical procedures such as urethral slings.

Silk’n, a global leader in home-use medical aesthetic devices for over a decade, has recently launched Tightra, a device which significantly improves SUI symptoms. Tightra is a safe, painless, and effective intimate wellness solution for SUI and other intimate health-related issues. Health Canada cleared, Tightra, is the first and only home-use device that utilizes Radio Frequency Energy, a medically proven technology that increases blood flow and boosts elastin and collagen production in weakened pelvic floor muscles. Eighty-five percent of the women who participated in Tightra clinical trials reported improvement in their SUI symptoms, 92% experienced reduced feminine itching, burning sensation, and pain, and 89% experienced improvement in sexual function. Participants used the Tightra two times a week for 20 minute sessions for a period of four weeks.

Tightra retails for $499 CAD and is available on silkn.ca, shoppersdrugmart.ca, tsc.ca and costco.ca.

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