Research Conducted by Deflux™ Confirms 43% of Women Keep Health Problems a Secret

New research conducted by Deflux™ has shown that nearly half of women surveyed have kept secrets from their partners including a worry or concern about a health issue.

Online PR News – 25-October-2012 – Nottingham – In a recent survey based on the secrets women kept from their partners, friends and family, 69% of participants revealed that they’d, at some point or another, lied to their partners about the cost of new clothes and shoes.

In the research, conducted by Deflux™ (, one third of the women also admitted to the fact that they didn’t share their passwords for social media or email accounts, with their partners.

The results further indicated that out of the 100 women asked in the UK, 43% were keeping a more serious health issue quiet. Deflux™ understands this all too well. As a treatment for bladder weakness, specifically Stress Urinary Incontinence (SUI) (, the brandknows that the embarrassment or general fear of telling a loved one may be all too overwhelming for some women.

And GPs agree – Dr. Ellie Canon told us “Bladder weakness is one of the last taboo topics. Women seem to be able to talk about more-or-less anything else – STIs, periods, the gory details of labour and yet I have to really probe in order to get a woman to tell me about her bladder weakness. It’s such a common condition, but because people seem to associate the word “incontinence” with old age and a paranoia of smelling of urine, a lot of women feel a real sense of shame. We need to do all we can to change this, so that more women feel they can ask their GP for help.”

It’s a difficult thing to come to terms with, let alone be in control of, so for many it’s been kept a personal matter not to be discussed; a secret hidden from others.However, Steve Foley, Consultant Urologist at the Royal Berkshire Hospital in Reading believes bladder weakness is a much more widespread problem than the statistics suggest. He says, “My belief is that the majority of women will suffer from this condition, either because of childbirth or the menopause. It is a silent epidemic that women are really scared to talk about, but injection therapy ( is a quick and simple procedure to rectify this problem.”

Deflux™: is a simple and effective treatment for SUI.Deflux™ available both privately and on the NHS, is a gel used during injection therapy. During the procedure, the gel is injected into the urethra endoscopically to obtain a bulking effect, which helps to prevent urine leakage. The procedure which is safe, quick and effective and can be administered under general anaesthetic or local sedation, which means potentially there’s no need for an overnight stay in hospital. Patients generally can return to normal activity within 24-48 hours.

SUI is the most common form of incontinence and occurs when there is extra pressure on the bladder, causing a leakage of urine. In clinical trials the Deflux™ procedure had a 74% success rate in the mild to moderate incontinent group and the treatment itself lasts for up to 5 years. As the research suggests, some women may not want to admit that they’re sufferers of SUI themselves but in this case, it might be one secret that’sworth sharing.

About Deflux™: Deflux™ gel is a viscous substance consisting of two components: dextranomer (Dx) microspheres and stabilised hyaluronic acid of non-animal origin (NASHA™). Deflux™ is completely safe and has been successfully used for a decade to treatment more than 200,000 children affected with vesicoureteral reflux. In the treatment of SUI, the dextranomer beads act as the bulking agent and have been shown to remain at the injection site for up to four years. The hyaluronic acid is the carrier agent, which disappears from the body.

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