Interview with Dr. Jennifer Berman, Co-Host of the Doctors
We had an opportunity to put forth some questions to Dr. Jennifer Berman about women’s health and more.
First a Bit About Dr. Berman
Dr. Berman made a unique choice to enter the field of urology, which has been dominated by males for a long time. Her interest in the field, however, has led to her now being considered America’s leading expert on women’s sexual health issues, having pioneered clinical research studies on the physiology of female sexual function and dysfunction, and the medical therapies for female sexual function complaints.
We asked Dr. Jennifer Berman questions specifically around Stress Urinary Incontinence as she personally experiences SUI firsthand and being in the field of urology, which in the past has been dominated by male doctors, this put her in a unique position to share her knowledge as a doctor and as someone who had personally dealt with SUI. Many women are embarrassed to admit they suffer from SUI but they shouldn’t be and the best part is that there are ways to easily help with SUI>
Here are the questions we put forth to Dr. Jennifer Berman and her answers.
Q: What is SUI? *
A: Stress Urinary Incontinence (SUI) happens when the muscles around the urethra become too weak to prevent the leakage of urine from the bladder when pressure or stress is placed on it. Stress is put on the bladder when coughing, sneezing, laughing, lifting or exercising, and can result in some bladder leakage.
Q: Why do you think it’s important to talk about SUI?
A: There’s a stigma associated with incontinence because it has to do with a bodily function and losing control of a bodily function; so, because it involves a bodily function that has to do with excrement, which we typically do in the privacy of our bathrooms, there’s shame, embarrassment and humiliation around it – especially when we lose control. Many women experience SUI, so it’s important to talk about it to help eliminate the stigma surrounding it.
Q: Do you experience it, and how have you dealt with SUI?
A: I’m technically perimenopausal/menopausal, and I’ve also had two children. I experienced Stress Incontinence after each child for a period of time, which resolved after I healed. One was a vaginal delivery, one was a C-section, and I experienced Stress Incontinence with both. But over time, with natural aging and change in hormones, I recently experienced Stress Urinary Incontinence again that I would consider mild. This happens only with certain activities — particularly riding horses — and Kegel exercises weren’t working for me. The only option I initially had was surgery. But because I considered my problem to be mild, I didn’t want to undergo the anesthesia, the risks, taking time off of work and the recovery. I was so excited to learn about Poise Impressa. I looked at the studies, the data, and tried the product – and it works. It’s effective and it’s easy to use. I’ll continue to use it.
Q: What do you recommend to women on how to deal with SUI if they’re suffering from it?
A: Women can deal with Stress Urinary Incontinence by talking about it. Women should talk to their healthcare provider and talk to their friends. It’s important to know that there are now options for treating Stress Urinary Incontinence, that they’re not alone, that this is extremely common, and that they can research online and seek solutions on their own. Even if women don’t want to go to a healthcare provider or talk to anyone about it, they can go to the store and buy products that can effectively treat it.
Fortunately Poise Impressa can help with bladder leaks. I know that after my daughter I’ve had such leakage and it’s not pleasant having to worry about when a leak might happen. I tried out the Sizing Kit so I could get the right size for me and got the Poise Impressa size to have on hand for when I wanted to feel more confident while out and about and not worry about bladder leakage.
How it works:
- It provides tension-free sub-urethral support whenever pressure is transferred from the abdomen to the pelvic floor.
- It can be worn for up to eight hours in a 24-hour period
To find out more about the Poise Impressa products go to their site HERE.
Remember there’s no reason to have stigma attached to SUI, it is what it is and we have products that can help us.