Why join Umi Benefits?
have never been offered pelvic health education at work*
Equal pay, flexible working, paid parental leave, professional development opportunities...These are some of the more obvious ways in which a business can show that its female workforce is valued. More forward-thinking organisations might go a step further, facilitating extras like subsidised yoga or mindfulness sessions.
But are businesses missing a huge piece of the puzzle all together? At Umi Health, we think so. We are on a mission to change the status quo, by making it simple for businesses to put women’s health on the benefits agenda and, in doing so, to truly demonstrate that employee wellness is a priority.
Founded by women’s health professionals, Umi’s emphasis is on promoting self-efficacy in health via evidence-based education around the most typically taboo topics, through a growing suite of online courses and resources. Think incontinence, periods, prolapse, piles and pelvic pain. If any of those words made you retreat, then you definitely need to read on.
Is this really something we need to invest in?
According to the stats, YES!
It is thought that up to 25% of adult women suffer with one of more features of pelvic floor dysfunction (PFD). PFD describes a wide range of clinical problems of the pelvic floor, which rarely occur in isolation, presenting as:
urinary incontinence symptoms;
bladder storage symptoms (eg pain, urgency and/or frequency);
anorectal symptoms (eg flatus or stool incontinence);
pelvic organ prolapse
haemorrhoids (i.e. piles); and
pelvic pain syndromes.
With women comprising over 50% of the adult population (up to 40% of those in full-time employment and just under 75% of the part-time workforce in the UK ) this is an area which is already impacting your female workforce. Of the 602 respondents who participated in our Pelvic Health in the Workplace questionnaire in March 2021, 43% said that their pelvic floor or pelvic health has affected their ability to perform at work, from either a physical or mental health perspective. The most common issues cited were bladder related, menstrual cycle related, pelvic pain related, bowel related and prolapse related.
46% of respondents said that they have experienced stress and/or anxiety in the workplace as a result of their pelvic floor or pelvic health. This confirms what seems to be common sense: your employees don’t just leave their symptoms behind when they come to work. A hidden burden, these symptoms can and do affect employees’ physical and mental wellbeing and their ability to perform. This is consistent with what we know from other research in this area: a recent study found that people with PFD showed three to five times higher prevalence of depression than those without PFD. These issues can also have a negative impact on employee attendance: 25% of our respondents said that they have had to take time off work for a pelvic floor or pelvic health related issue.
said that their pelvic floor or pelvic health has affected their ability to perform at work, from either a physical or mental health perspective*
said that they have had to take time off work for a pelvic floor or pelvic health related issue*
said they would feel comfortable talking to their employer about their pelvic floor or pelvic health*
This is an area of health which typically carries a lot of stigma, where concerns are hushed up or laughed off. It is notable that, despite the prevalence of the impact of pelvic health issues in the workplace, as highlighted by our survey, only 21% of respondents said they would feel comfortable talking to their employer about their pelvic floor or pelvic health. 57% of respondents said that they would not feel comfortable, and 20% were not sure whether they would feel comfortable or not.
* Statistics taken from our questionnaire, Pelvic Health in the Workplace, conducted in March 2021, which had 602 respondents from the UK and ROI.
It doesn't have to be this way!
Umi Benefits provides the most forward-thinking organisations with an opportunity to educate and empower their female workplace in this field, and to hand them the gift of self-efficacy.
What will our employees get access to?
Essentials by Umi
Every female’s go-to for the essentials of pelvic health. Discover what is and isn’t normal on those taboo subjects that people typically only ever explore when something goes awry. Comprising over 70 minutes of video content divided into 8 modules, plus handy illustrations, cheat sheets and demos, Essentials is packed full of simple strategies which you can implement straight away to start improving and/or maintaining your pelvic health. If you have urinary or faecal incontinence, vaginal prolapse or pelvic floor muscle tension and want to start improving your symptoms or prevent these things from happening, then look no further!
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Interactive webinars with our co-founders plus special guests (clinical psychologists, yoga instructors, paediatric physiotherapists, nutritionists and more). Benefits members can access all of our previous and new Lives as part of their membership.
Our mini e-books. Released monthly, each one provides a deep dive into a standalone topic, such as how to stop leaking during exercise, managing prolapse and the psychological impact and treatment of pelvic girdle pain.
How does it work?
Once your firm has signed-up and purchased a plan, each of your employees can have 2 open Umi Plus memberships to the Umi Health main site at any one time, allowing friends and family to enjoy the benefit too!
Our corporate benefits access is designed to be incredibly simple for both you and your employees, no matter how large or small your organisation. Sign up and purchase a plan in 2 minutes, and then... you're done. That's right, leave the rest to us!
Your employees can manage access for them and their loved ones right away, all they need is their email address.