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New Survey Reveals One in Five Women Have Information They Keep Secret from their Doctors
Date:6/18/2013

IRVINE, Calif., June 18, 2013 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Women are frequently the healthcare advocate for their loved ones or families, but unfortunately they often do not give the same priority to their own health. One in five women have kept information from their doctor because they were too embarrassed or too nervous to speak about it, according to a recent survey conducted by Allergan and endorsed by the Women's Health Foundation, a non-profit organization dedicated to bringing education, funding and research to the field of women's pelvic health.1 The survey, which consisted of more than 1,000 women ages 45+, also revealed that approximately two-thirds of women have never had a discussion with their doctor about their bladder health, a common, yet sometimes "embarrassing" topic.1

"An estimated 39 million Americans have overactive bladder (OAB),2 and 40 percent of all women in the United States live with OAB symptoms,3" said Missy Lavender, Founder and Executive President of the Women's Health Foundation. "These women often worry about having an accident and mapping out bathrooms wherever they go. Unfortunately, many settle for living with the condition in secret and are even reluctant to tell their doctors when their medicine no longer works for them. We encourage women to arm themselves with information, push aside their embarrassment and have a discussion with a urologist or urogynecologist to find the right treatment option for them."

Only 27 percent of women surveyed noted that they would immediately call their doctor to schedule an appointment if they were experiencing symptoms of OAB such as urine leakage or the frequent urge to go to the bathroom. When women do talk to their physicians about OAB, they may receive a prescription for pills to manage their symptoms. In one study,
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