November is National Bladder Health Month!
November is National Bladder Health Month!
“Movember” has changed the face of men’s health, and we’re happy to share that November will also help change the face of bladder health with National Bladder Health Month!
For many years, the American Urology Association along with the Bladder Health Alliance (a coalition of 30 patient and physician advocacy organizations leaded by the Urology Care Foundation) have been raising awareness and education during National Bladder Health Month.
The Origins of National Bladder Health Month
While #BladderHealthMonth was “trending”, National Bladder Health Month wasn’t officially declared as such until January 2017. Congressman Eliot Engel introduced House Resolution 67, a measure supporting the designation of November 2017 as National Bladder Health Month.
“Tens of millions of Americans live with bladder conditions and diseases. These heavily stigmatized ailments have been linked to depression, decreased physical activity, hospitalizations – the list goes on. It is vitally important that we discuss these serious conditions without shame, and we invest in the research needed to better understand and treat the bladder conditions that plague so many Americans.” said representative Engel.
Stats Paint A Staggering Picture
Numbers are quite concerning: The National Association for Continence found that 1 in 4 women over the age on 18 have had involuntary leaks, and up to 40% of women have overactive bladder symptoms. A broader overview shows one third of men and women between 30 and 70 have experienced a loss of bladder control in their life.
Veterans are highly affected by bladder conditions, and that’s a problem that deserves much more attention. More than 10% of military service members injured in Afghanistan and Iraq have urotrauma injuries, one third of younger female veterans report stress urinary incontinence, overactive bladder or painful bladder symptoms, and bladder cancer is one of the most commonly diagnosed cancers among Veterans Affairs Health System patients.
Another quite shocking fact: UTIs are the most common of all bacteria infection in the country. The CDC estimates over 8 million UTI related health-care visits per year! As many as 60% of women in the US have had UTI at least once in their life, and 20% of them are burdened with recurring problems from the damage: Being more susceptible to infections and developing symptoms of OAB and/or SUI. Doctors are digging deeper on why treatments are unsuccessful and double-down on raising awareness about these overlooked issues during National Bladder Health Month.
A recent survey conducted by the NAFC shows that up to 64% of the people with OAB, SUI or other bladder incontinence symptoms are not doing anything to help manage their condition… 64% of 30 million Americans is just way too much! With so many secretly coping with the issues, it will remain stigmatized and embarrassing to address.
Still Stigmatized – Why we need a National Bladder Health Month
For many, bladder problems open a floodgate of fears: I’m getting old, defective, unwholesome, etc. The stigma of rushing to the bathroom too often is rooted in social interruption, loss of control of the body, and most of all: Confusion as to the nature of the problem.
Symptoms are embarrassing if they become perceptible. For example, men feel stigmatized for making frequent trips to the bathroom and can fear being seen as impotent. Women feared having an unclean body or compromised social identity. According to researchers, Hispanic people in particular voiced a desire to keep their urinary symptoms a secret. Hence the need to raise awareness about National Bladder Health Month.
Sure we’ve made progress on talking about urinary troubles, but there’s still a long way to go before people feel confident enough to properly address their symptoms correctly. On average, people wait 6.5 years from the first time they experience symptoms until they obtain a diagnosis for their bladder control problem.
To make matters worse only 1 out of every 12 people affected actually seeks help, according to the NAFC. Some are too embarrassed, some just think it’s “normal” due to aging our having children. Ignoring a problem does not make it go away, and the common belief that bladder disturbances are a normal part of life encourages women to cope with the problem and self-manage their symptoms without consulting a health professional.
Symptoms just get worse when the disorder is not properly diagnosed and treated. Resorting to incontinence diapers could very often be avoided. While these products are necessary in some cases, most people drive themselves to that point by not discussing their bladder issues with their doctor in the first place.
Problems go untreated, the condition worsens, and will sooner or later affect the way one lives. That’s when symptoms become very perceptible, too hard to cope with, and the common figure of the helpless victim of incontinence sets in deeper. That’s what keeps feeding the stigma…
Coping with a bladder problem is way harder than facing it head-on. The first step to overcoming this together is to address bladder issues, which are fundamentally symptoms of a medical condition and should be treated as such. Taking charge instead of suffering in silence immediately brings clarity, relief, empowerment and better health!
It Gets Better From Here!
We are definitely headed towards a paradigm shift. For example, more people are now understanding that urinary incontinence doesn’t only affect seniors and women who’ve had children — It happens to elite athletes too, and many celebrities have admitted to knowing the struggles, including men: Samuel L. Jackson, Katy Perry, Tony Romo, Kris Jenner, Stephen King, Kate Winslet and Whoppi Goldberg to name just a few!
The silence is broken; we see much more relief, support, compassion, awareness and success stories! We are now more aware of different conditions, how they manifest in symptoms and what treatments are available.
More great news is treatments such ad behavioral interventions, physical therapy, taking the optimal natural supplement, and many non-surgical or minimally invasive procedures can be successful in 8 of 10 people. Thanks to health professionals and advocates who have shared their knowledge and stories, we are better informed, supported and encouraged to take an active role in caring for our bladder health.
“Increasing awareness of bladder health conditions is a critical first step to reducing stigma and empowering individuals to discuss their bladder health symptoms with their providers” says Richard A. Memo, MD, chair of the Urology Care Foundation.
Finding out what is causing the symptoms of incontinence or frequent UTIs is the key to treating the problem, and there are many ways with high success rates. So now you know: Don’t ignore your bladder — talk to your doctor about it!
Healthy Bladder Plus is Here To Help
As you may know, our product Healthy Bladder Plus® is a unique herbal and mineral formulation for individuals who have overactive bladder, bladder leakage, and recurrent urinary tract symptoms. Unlike the majority of products, which are based on cranberry, soy and pumpkin seed extract, we combine 13 ingredients, many of which are quite rare.
The safety and initial efficacy of the product has been demonstrated in an IRB approved clinical trial conducted by board certified urologists, and we are now embarking on a much larger, double blind, placebo-controlled study. This will allow us to work closely with health professionals, who will finally have a hyper effective bladder support supplement to recommend. That will help them help tons more people than they already are!
We are also thrilled to share that board-certified female urologist Dr. Dana Rice, creator of the UTI Tracker app, is currently testing our product:
“I have been recommending Healthy Bladder Plus as a natural supplement for patients with UTI-like symptoms and negative cultures. Patients have reported improved urinary health and decreased voiding dysfunction. I am currently working with a cohort of patients to establish which symptoms and pathologies have the greatest success with Healthy Bladder Plus”.
We hope you already follow us on social media and encourage you to like and share our posts to help raise awareness. You may actually help someone you know whom secretly suffers from bladder problems!
We also invite you to enter our National Bladder Health Month giveaway for a chance to win 2 free bottles of healthy bladder plus! Head to our contest page for more details: