Research by the NCT shows over one third of women who experience urinary incontinence are embarrassed to discuss it with their partner.
33% of women who experienced urinary incontinence after childbirth felt they were too embarrassed to admit to their partners about the condition, while 46% said they were uncomfortable to talk about it to friends.
Furthermore, 38% of women said they felt too self-conscious to talk about it with a health care professional.
In response to the NCT research, Director for England at the Royal College of Midwives, Jacque Gerrard said: “Many women do not experience problems after giving birth, but for those affected by incontinence it can be a very difficult and embarrassing problem.
“For women with incontinence their whole day is planned around being able to stay close to a toilet and without help these problems will only continue to get worse. During pregnancy women’s bodies go through many changes and it’s vital they feel they can talk to their midwife or health care professional so [sic] get the best possible advice.”
NCT’s Parent Poll saw 1,515 women, who were over the age of 18 and had at least one child less than 2 years old, respond to the survey.
NCT Head of Knowledge, Dr Sarah McMullen, added: “The results are perfectly understandable. Although almost half of all women experience urinary incontinence after childbirth, we know that many find it difficult and embarrassing subject to raise.
“But if we can break the taboo, we can bring about a change that will dramatically improve the lives of thousands of women.”
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