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‘To pee or not to pee?’ Expert challenges attitudes to female incontinence

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Incontinence researcher to give inaugural lecture at University of Leicester on 20 November

 ‘To pee or not to pee? That is the question: Continence research in women’

Tuesday 20 November at 5.30pm

Ken Edwards Building, Lecture Theatre 1, University of Leicester

Free and open to the public

Urgent action is needed to change attitudes towards incontinence, a leading urogynaecologist will explain in a free public lecture at the University of Leicester.

Professor Douglas Tincello, from the Department of Cancer Studies and Molecular Medicine will give his inaugural lecture, ‘To pee or not to pee? That is the question: Continence research in women’ at the University on 20 November.

The lecture will outline the causes of incontinence and prolapse, available treatments and focus on the exciting and cutting edge research conducted in this field.

Urinary continence is a common ailment among adult women and for many is unmentionable. Many women suffer in silence, and wait countless years before seeking advice and help. The effects of childbirth and ageing are major factors contributing to the development of incontinence. There are safe and effective treatments available, and much research has been actively seeking improvements to those treatments.

Professor Tincello has been conducting research into incontinence and prolapse at the University of Leicester since 2002. He is only one of five academic urogynaecologists in the UK and has been active in both treating and researching the causes of incontinence and prolapse for many years.

Professor Tincello said: “Urinary incontinence among women is a much more common condition than many people realise. For many years, the subject has been considered taboo, or a normal consequence of having children and growing old.

“In the ten years that I have been working as an honorary consultant within the NHS in Leicester, I have seen this attitude change as awareness grows among the public, patients and GPs that incontinence should not be regarded an inevitable result of being female, and that it is indeed highly treatable. In parallel with increasing awareness, medical research has moved rapidly within this field, and I have been privileged to be part of this process.

“In my lecture, I will begin by outlining the causes and predisposing factors for incontinence, and also for prolapse of the reproductive organs. I will then discuss the established treatments which we have for incontinence and prolapse, and also describe the research which I have been involved with over the last 10 years which has contributed to our understanding of the causes of the condition, and also innovative methods of treatment."

‘To pee or not to pee? That is the question: Continence research in women’ will be held at the Ken Edwards Building, Lecture Theatre 1, University of Leicester, University Road, on Tuesday 20 November at 5.30pm. The lecture is free and open to the public.

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