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Bláthnaid: We need to talk about incontinence

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

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.”

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.

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