Urinary Incontinence (UI) and Pelvic Organ Prolapse (POP)

Foresterhill Health CampusUrinary incontinence is the involuntary leakage of urine, which occurs when control over the urinary sphincter is either lost or weakened

  • Urinary Incontinence is a common and distressing condition affecting 1 in 3 women above the age of 40.
  • In the UK alone, 6 million women suffer from UI, with 1 million of these describing their condition as significantly bothering and/or socially disabling.
  • WHO recognises UI as a worldwide women health problem, which can significantly impair quality of life
  • UI suffers often receive a late diagnosis and treatment, (average 5 years)

Pelvic organ prolapse occurs when one or more of the organs in the pelvis slip down from their normal position and bulge into the vagina

  • Pelvic Organ Prolapse can occur with the uterus, bowel, bladder or top of the vagina.
  • A prolapse isn't usually life-threatening, but it can cause pain and discomfort
  • Vaginal childbirth is the most common risk factor for developing pelvic organ prolapse, but women who have never been pregnant can still develop the condition

The University of Aberdeen hosts a world leading research programme in Pelvic Floor Disorders with the aim of evaluating the best and least invasive investigations and treatments. Professor Abdel-Fattah leads this multi-disciplinary team of researchers, clinicians, nurses and patient representatives. Research income over recent years has totalled over £9 million. The results have and are expected to continue to help improve the quality of lives for hundreds of thousands of women worldwide.

Team members: