Women’s Health Matters

Researchers at the University of Leeds calls for South Leeds women to give their views

School of HealthcareMany of us lead busy lives and we know that looking after our health should be a priority, but when little problems occur most of us will choose to deal with them ourselves.

Leaking urine is surprisingly common, although it is more common for women than men. Some estimates suggest as many as 1 in 4 women may be affected. That could mean over 95,000 women in Leeds experience leakage.

It’s not just an issue for older women either; it can happen to women of any age. There are many reasons for leakage occurring but because it isn’t often spoken about most women don’t realise that they’re not alone. Although the physical effects are often minimal, it can be embarrassing and socially isolating.

In the School of Healthcare at the University of Leeds, Amy Hunter is part of a team researching women’s attitudes to urine leakage. They hope that the research will inform improved services and products.

“We’re really passionate about giving women opportunity to voice their opinions about how urine leakage affects their lives. By appreciating the priorities that women have, there is opportunity to make a real difference to many people.

“Because it is a taboo subject, often women don’t want to talk about the issues they’re facing, but I would encourage any woman that experiences urine leakage, however infrequent, however much, to take part in the study. You may not think you have anything to contribute, but you could make all the difference. Participation in the study is confidential and it only takes an hour.”

School Health logoIf you would like to know more about the study, or are interested in participating please contact Amy Hunter directly by email hcaeh@leeds.ac.uk or telephone (0113) 343 3202.


This post was written by Amy Hunter using our Create an article for South Leeds Life page.