The U.S. Food and Drug Administration announced last week that they have approved the marketing of the Eclipse System, a tool used to treat fecal incontinence (FI) in adult women aged 18 to 75 years old.
Manufactured by Pelvalon, Inc., the Eclipse System is designed to treat women who have had four or more FI episodes, or accidents, in two weeks. The device is a balloon that is inflated within the vagina (same area where a tampon is inserted) and exerts pressure on the rectum to keep stool from involuntarily escaping. The vaginal insert is first inserted by a trained clinician and can then be controlled and removed by the user.
Pelvic organ prolapse, or POP, occurs when the pelvic organs, such as the vagina and uterus, fall down or slip out of place. This is caused by the weakening of connective tissues, muscles, and ligaments.
Every year, more than 225,000 women will undergo a type of surgery called an abdominal sacrocolpopexy to fix this “falling out” problem. The procedure involves connecting the top of the vagina to a stable ligament from the pelvic bone with a piece of mesh. The surgical mesh is supposed to help support the pelvic organs and keep them where they’re supposed to be.
Women are more likely to experience urinary incontinence (UI), prolapse, and fecal incontinence 20 years after one vaginal delivery compared to one caesarean section, according to new research published in a thesis from Sahlgrenska Academy at Gothenburg University in Sweden.
Conducted in 2008, the SWEPOP (Swedish Pregnancy, Obesity, and Pelvic floor) study examined the damages of pelvic floor function, specifically symptomatic pelvic organ prolapse (sPOP) and urinary incontinence (UI), in women 20 years after giving one birth through vaginal delivery or cesarean section. The thesis, which appeared in last month’s An Incontinence Journal of Obstetrics and Gynaecology (BJOG), used data obtained from the Swedish Medical Birth Register of women who had delivered only one child in 1985-1988 and had no other children.
In previous blog posts, we’ve mentioned that caffeine is a bladder irritant and can make incontinence symptoms worse. Now, there’s a new study to back that statement up.
This study, conducted by researchers from the Department of Veteran Affairs Birmingham/Atlantic GRECC and published online on Journal of Urology last month, reported that caffeine consumption of equivalent to that of 2 cups of coffee per day (250 mg) is significantly associated with moderate to severe urinary incontinence (UI) in American men.
Of the 25 million American adults who experience urinary incontinence, 75-80 percent of those are women. Despite this high prevalence, the topic of bladder leakage is still hush-hush at the doctor’s office because women are often embarrassed to discuss the issue with their doctors.
However, if left unreported, urinary leakage can be a sign of a more serious problem. This is why women and their physicians are encouraged to maintain a dialogue about bladder control, according to an article published by doctors from the University of Michigan.