First things first, the #StopTheLeak campaign is founded by both Dr Dinesh and Dr Sarahanna who would like to provide information on urinary incontinence for those who are seeking help or treatment. For those who are unfamiliar with the subject, it is typically caused by a weak pelvic floor hence why an individual would face an involuntary leakage.
It seems that most people would assume that only women go through such issue, especially younger ones and women after childbirth. Symptoms include leaking during laughter.
Affecting over 200 million people worldwide, one in four women over the age of 18 will experience involuntary leakage of urine throughout their lives. On average, women tend to wait 6.5 years from the first time they experience symptoms until they consult a medical professional.
If left untreated, the condition can lead to higher chances of Urinary Tract Infections (UTI’s), contact dermatitis and other forms of inflammation, causing painful rashes and sores.
Due to the taboo surrounding intimate health especially in Asia, many Malaysian women tend to not seek help at all. The founders of #StopTheLeak, Dr Dinesh and Dr Sarahanna, aim to change just that through bravely confronting these uncomfortable and what many would consider “shameful” discussions.
Those who suffer in silence commonly face severely lowered quality of life, hindered social interactions leading to self-esteem issues and in worst cases, anxiety and depression.
The website is designed to be a safe space that provides information on the condition from symptoms, non-invasive treatment options and advice on steps moving forward.
A list of General Practitioners (GPs) around the Klang Valley that women can consult should they suspect that they are dealing with urinary incontinence will also be available.