REBECCA'S INCONTINENCE STORY
Read about this young mother's struggle with incontinence and how she overcame the burden.
“I always thought that incontinence was something that happened to older people. Until it happened to me.”
I had no idea I would be faced with incontinence. But that's exactly what happened after I gave birth to my youngest daughter Sophia. It turns out that childbirth is an amazingly common cause of incontinence in women!
Laughing, sneezing, just moving in a funny way would cause me to experience an "episode." My symptoms really impacted my life. I went from being an active Mom to watching my life from the sidelines. I couldn't play tag with my son or jump on the trampoline with my daughter and I was frustrated. Looking back, I can't believe it took me nearly two years to get over my embarrassment and speak to my doctor about my symptoms. I guess I'm not alone. The fact is, new moms almost never say a word to anyone, even though studies have found that incontinence occurs after as many as 30% of pregnancies.*
If there was some other medical condition that affected that many new mothers, you can be sure we’d hear all about it. But because incontinence is a little awkward to talk about, thousands of women suffer silently with it. It doesn’t have to be that way. Incontinence is manageable and often treatable - and I’m a great example. I reached out to the NAFC - the National Association for Continence - and they helped me get the care I needed.
That’s why I give back to the NAFC. When I saw how much good they can do and how overlooked the issue of incontinence is, I knew I had to do something.