You are not alone!
Even though awareness is improving, incontinence still remains a taboo subject today. This is despite the fact that an estimated 1 in 3 women1 and 1 in 10 men will suffer with some form of a weak pelvic floor/sensitive bladder during their lifetime. It can have a profoundly negative and distressing effect on many aspects of your everyday life and can be very difficult to discuss.
Many will not report their condition to their doctor and so end up putting up with accidents and wearing pads as a way of managing their symptoms for many years. The simple fact is you should not leak when you cough, sneeze, laugh, exercise or during sex. You should also be able to control the urge to go to the toilet and make it there on time and not have to constantly go ‘just in case’.
While it is often thought of as an age-related problem, the causes are diverse and it can occur at any time throughout adult life. It is important to understand that bladder weakness should not be simply tolerated – it can be treated successfully!
For more information on urinary incontinence please watch Dr Ciara Kelly’s video with Laura Haugh from Mummypages.ie which answers frequently asked questions on this topic.
Watch this interview with leading physio Aoife Ni Eochaidh and her patient Helen Devaney, discussing the common problem of bladder weakness on Ireland AM with Mark Cagney and Sinead Desmond.