Education

CF Urinary Incontinence

The Physiotherapists in the Cystic Fibrosis (CF) Unit in Cork University Hospital conducted an audit in 2019 on the subject of urinary incontinence among the adult CF population attending the clinic. Urinary incontinence is the complaint of involuntary loss of urine. We surveyed 86 people, 42 males and 44 females.

We found that 23 % (1 in 4) females experienced some form of urinary incontinence more than once a week.

5% of males also reported experiencing urinary incontinence at least once a week.

Of those experiencing urinary incontinence 47% of those wore incontinence pads as a result.

29% of people experiencing urinary incontinence reported that their airway clearance was affected as a result.

When asked about seeking treatment for their urinary incontinence a staggering 73% of people reported that they had not sought treatment for their issues.

Urinary incontinence is much easier to treat when the symptoms are mild. Early intervention is key to prevent symptoms worsening further.

What to do if you are experiencing any symptoms of urinary incontinence, no matter how big or small an issue it may seem:

  1. Discuss your symptoms with a member of the CF team who will gladly answer any questions you may have
  2. Read the following advice leaflet on UI (by clicking here) and feel free to contact the Physiotherapy team for more information