Put Yourself (and Your Health) First


Millions of women are living with a condition that they may be too uncomfortable to discuss with a doctor 1, 2, 3
Women too frequently de-prioritize their own care – often putting family members’ health before their own. Instead of tackling their personal health issues head on, many are settling for living with uncomfortable conditions like Overactive Bladder (OAB), and are cycling from one medication to the next.
Do you suffer from leakage, the strong and sudden need to “go right away,” and going too often? You’re not alone. Almost 15 million Americans are living with this common and sometimes disabling condition,1,2, 3 but only about 5 million of those living with OAB seek care from a doctor,4 and only half of those patients seek a specialist like a urologist or urogynecologist for treatment.3
That’s why Family Circle Health Director Lynya Floyd and Dr. Michael Kennelly are teaming up to empower women not to settle for living with conditions like OAB and treatment options that don’t work. Ms. Floyd and Dr. Kennelly have tips and must-know advice for people living with OAB, including working with a physician to find a treatment option that works for them.
Suggested Interview Questions:
· What is Overactive Bladder (OAB)?
· Why is Family Circle participating with Allergan and Dr. Kennelly on this initiative?
· What should listeners/viewers do if they are experiencing symptoms of OAB?
· What should OAB patients do if the treatments they’ve been prescribed aren’t working?
· How can listeners/viewers empower the women in their lives to prioritize their own health?
· Do you have any advice for those of us who have friends or loved ones with this condition?
· Where can people go for more information?
About Lynya Floyd:
Lynya Floyd is the Health Director of Family Circle magazine and a wellness expert, fitness enthusiast and award-winning journalist. At Family Circle, Floyd is responsible for overseeing and developing health-related content for moms of tweens and teens and their children, in addition to a special monthly editorial focused on kids and health.
An advocate for women and family health issues, Floyd appears regularly on nationally syndicated television programming, including the Today Show. She has also been on NPR to speak about women and family health, fitness, and parenting topics.
Prior to joining Family Circle in October 2011, Floyd served as Senior Editor at Essence magazine covering women’s health topics. Floyd also co-edited ESSENCE’s The Black Woman’s Guide To Healthy Living (Time Inc. Home Entertainment, January 2009). Floyd also worked at a variety of prominent women’s magazines including Glamour, Seventeen, Heart & Soul and Parenting. Her stories have appeared in Cosmopolitan, Fitness, Money and newspapers across the country while writing as an Associated Press reporter.
She received her BA in English from Harvard University. She’s a member of the Association of Health Care Journalists and lives in New York City.
She received her BA in English from Harvard University. She’s a member of the Association of Health Care Journalists and lives in New York City.
About Dr. Kennelly:
Michael Kennelly, MD holds various faculty teaching positions in the Departments of Urology and Gynecology at Carolinas Medical Center and University of North Carolina School of Medicine. He is the Medical Director for the Charlotte Continence Center at Carolinas Medical Center, Director of Urology at Carolinas Rehabilitation Hospital, and Co-Director of the Women’s Center for Pelvic Health. In addition, he is a Professor in the Department of Surgery, Division of Urology at University of North Carolina School of Medicine– Charlotte Campus.
Listed in Americas Top Doctors for 14 consecutive years (2002-2016), Dr. Kennelly’s clinical, educational, and academic expertise is in male and female voiding dysfunction, neurogenic bladder, and complex lower urinary tract and pelvic floor reconstruction. Dr. Kennelly is a Diplomat of The American Board of Urology with certification in Female Pelvic Medicine and Reconstructive Surgery. A Fellow of the American College of Surgeons, he is also a member of more than 15 professional organizations and holds several leadership positions. He is the Treasurer of the Academy of Spinal Cord Injury Professionals, President of the American Paraplegic Society, Past President of the American Spinal Injury Association, and a Board of Director of the Society of Urodynamics, Female Pelvic Medicine & Urogenital Reconstruction.
1 Tubaro A. (2004) Defining overactive bladder: epidemiology and burden of disease. Urology. 64(6 Suppl 1):2-6.
2 Stewart WF, Van Rooyen JB, Cundiff GW, et al. Prevalence and burden of overactive bladder in the United States. World J Urol 2003:20:327-336; based on 2010 U.S. Census data and U.S. adult population [as of Jan. 10, 2013]
3 Data on File, Allergan. OAB NDO Funnel Support Data, 2016.
4 Chancellor M, et al. The Underactive Bladder. Springer, 2016; 1:3.
Produced for: Allergan