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World Continence Week - Why awareness is so important?
World Continence Week (WCW) takes place from the 20th-26th June. Run by the World Federation for Incontinence and Pelvic Problems (WFIPP), it seeks to raise awareness and highlight the impact urinary incontinence has on our quality of life. Like us, the campaign encourages people not to suffer in silence and to seek help. We recommend seeing a pelvic health physiotherapist and combining this intervention with EVBs for risk-free, non-invasive results. At EVB Sport we’re passionate about movement and want to help as many women as possible get back out there and resume exercising.
The World Health Organization has aimed to decrease inactivity by 15% by 2030 and the United Nation’s 3rd Sustainable Development Goal is “To ensure healthy lives and promote well-being for all at all ages.” These are lofty goals, and we’ve always suspected that pelvic dysfunction, so prevalent amongst women of all ages (1 in 3) is a serious barrier to achievement of these targets. Analysis of our Product Quiz completed recently by 2036 visitors to our website shows 86% of women stopped exercising completely due to their various pelvic challenges.
Here at EVB we know pelvic challenges occur in women of every age and that it is a serious cause of inactivity for so many. 66% of our on-going survey respondents were in their 40s-50s and had been active before but had to completely stop exercising due to their challenge.
We have recently been asking our customers how they were getting on with their EVBs over time and found that: of those who stopped exercising due to their challenge, 77% said that EVBs helped their symptoms, while 33% mentioned that physiotherapy had helped. For those who remained active throughout their challenge, 60% chose EVBs and 40% said physio had helped. At EVB Sport and Core we always recommend a combined approach between EVBs and pelvic health physiotherapy as an optimum solution.
We also received some amazing testimonials from our surveys:
“Can now do a bootcamp class. Can also run. Have lost 2 stone being able to exercise with EVB.”
“I was quite active prior to surgery. Since my surgery, though I am doing level exercises, I find the EVB pants brilliant for keeping pelvic floor supported. Gives me great confidence.”
“After having my baby last June, I was back to exercise by October, but my leakage just got worse. Physio advised I had prolapsed, and I thought my running days were over. Thanks to routine pelvic floor exercise and EVB Sports I can go running again and have been back to running since April. They keep me confident during my run. I know I'm supported by the shorts during my workout. Thank you so much for thinking about and helping women like me.”
“Was more confident going out walking as the EVB pants gave me great support.”
“I’m not really more active but more supported when exercising with EVB I feel as though I’m being held in place”
“Yes, I'm more active with my EVBs, I feel the support is very good.”
Pelvic health challenges often lead to the women affected disconnecting from day to day participation in society. This has far reaching implications as their productivity, and contribution to everyday life is lost. These challenges can also lead to a sedentary lifestyle which increase the risks of heart disease, strokes, and cancer together with the associated costs personally and to the healthcare systems.Exercise not only changes your body, it changes your mind, your attitude, and your mood and having the means to confidently and securely exercise is a reality we hope to create for everyone.