Stress urinary incontinence affects up to 1-in-3 adult women and has a huge impact on quality of life for thousands of Australians. Typically, stress incontinence causes unwanted leakage of urine during coughing, sneezing, laughing, exercise or sexual intercourse, which can be very distressing. While physiotherapy may be very helpful for women with mild stress incontinence, surgery remains the best choice to achieve a cure. Women should not be at all embarrassed to seek professional help for their continence problems.
We were delighted to read the recent statement by the College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists (RANZCOG), supporting the benefits of mid-urethral sling surgery for women suffering from stress incontinence (www.ranzcog.edu.au/womens-health/college-communiques/1615-mid-urethral-tapes-for-genuine-stress-incontinence.html).
There has been a lot of negative media attention in recent months regarding the use of mesh for vaginal prolapse surgery. However, a mid-urethral sling is a completely different operation and remains the best surgical option for female stress incontinence.