#Open journalism No news is bad news

Your contributions will help us continue to deliver the stories that are important to you

Support The Journal
Dublin: 11°C Monday 26 July 2021
Advertisement

Bláthnaid: We need to talk about incontinence

A study from Trinity College found that urinary incontinence was a common problem during – and after – pregnancy.

Image: Screengrab/RTÉ

TV PRESENTER BLÁTHNAID Ní Coffaigh has spoken candidly about her personal battle with adult incontinence in a radio interview.

It follows recent comments on the subject by Kate Winslet.

The actress, speaking to Graham Norton, said she frequently wet herself – saying it was part and parcel of having children.

“I suffered terribly from it and I just got it sorted last April,” Ní Coffaigh told Sean Moncrieff on Newstalk yesterday.

“It took 10 years off my life. I didn’t realise the impact it had on my life until I got it sorted.

She explained:

“I had to do all my exercise in the morning. I couldn’t do anything after lunch especially if I had a coffee or a glass of water.

“When I exercised in the morning I had to wear a pad.”

#Open journalism No news is bad news Support The Journal

Your contributions will help us continue to deliver the stories that are important to you

Support us now

A 2013 study from Trinity College found that urinary incontinence was a common problem during – and after – pregnancy.

After childbirth, around 50% of women said they were still leaking some amount of urine. Even after six months, one in five women said they still leaked urine once a month or more frequently.

Read: A mime getting a job in a takeway is ‘a bad idea’ … but it isn’t racist

Read: Ireland has bid to host the 2017 Women’s Rugby World Cup

About the author:

Daragh Brophy

Read next:

COMMENTS (40)