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Irish women found to be suffering in silence with bladder problems

A new poll has revealed that only half of Irish women will speak to their family or friends about bladder leaks. The new research comes from the campaign, Always Discreet, which has been created with a mission to break the silence on bladder leaks and encourage women to start a conversation.

It was found that nearly two thirds (62 per cent) of Irish women are found to wet themselves, with 52 per cent of 18-34 year olds experiencing the issue. Half (49 per cent) said they have still not had the courage to talk to their most trusted friends or family, with over 50 per cent saying they felt embarrassed after experiencing bladder weakness and 43 per cent said they felt not in control of their body. Most Irish women (51 per cent) believe bladder weakness is a natural path of life for all women.

Always Discreet is on a mission to break the silence on leaks and has enlisted the help of Dr Anita Mitra, Gynaecologist and author of The Gynae Geek; Your No-Nonsense Guide to Down There Healthcare. 

She advised: “Bladder leaks are common in women of all ages, not just in older generations and those women who have had natural child births. Unfortunately, it’s still a bit of a taboo and so women don’t tend to fully understand it, with many avoiding talking about it. The more we speak openly, the better, so women don’t feel alone and silenced by something that can be managed.”