Women and girls are disproportionately affected by bladder health issues like urinary incontinence and urinary tract infections, which can significantly disrupt daily life. Yet many women are hesitant to talk to their health care providers due to lack of awareness and stigma around bladder conditions.
In an online survey developed by the Society for Women’s Health Research, a majority of school nurses reported that the pre-K-12 schools they work for do not have written policies on student bathroom use and do not have education for students and teachers on bladder health.
A new SWHR report highlights how improving our knowledge about sex differences in cell biology in the female and male lower urinary tract may help stimulate breakthroughs in the diagnosis and management of urinary dysfunction for both women and men.
Improving knowledge about sex differences in cell biology in the female and male lower urinary tract may help stimulate breakthroughs in the diagnosis and management of urinary dysfunction for both women and men, according to this SWHR paper in the journal Biology of Sex Differences.
SWHR conducted an online survey of school nurses about school bathroom policies and bladder health education and presented a poster highlighting the results at the 2018 American Urogynecologic Society’s Pelvic Floor Disorders Week in Chicago.
This slide deck highlights the impact of urinary incontinence on women, including the high prevalence in women, the stigmatization of the condition, the effects on quality of life, and the economic burden.
In this Letter to the Editor, members of SWHR's Network on Urological Health in Women strongly urge health care providers to actively engage in conversations with women about urological health during the annual well-woman visit.
Experts recommend research, education, and policy changes that have the potential to increase awareness and improve women’s urological health at all stages of life, in this SWHR peer-reviewed paper in the Journal of Women's Health.