Bláthnaid Ní Chofaigh reveals what it’s like to suffer from Adult Incontinence

“I suffered terribly from it"

Bláthnaid has spoken out
Bláthnaid has spoken out

Tv presenter Bláthnaid Ní Chofaigh has opened up about what it is like to suffer from Adult Incontinence, revealing it has had a huge impact on her life.

The RTE star got candid on Newstalk today, telling presenter Sean Moncrieff that more people need to talk about the condition, which one in three women suffer from at some point.

Describing what it’s like to live with the common condition Bláthnaid said she had “no idea of the impact it was having” on her.

“I had to do all my exercise in the morning. After my morning workout I had to wear a pad. I couldn’t do anything after lunch especially if I had a coffee or a glass of water,” she said.

She claims more people need to talk about incontinence
She claims more people need to talk about incontinence

She admitted that she decided to speak openly about the issue after recently undergoing surgery to help her.

“I suffered terribly from it and I just got it sorted last April,” she said. “One night in hospital… [and] it took 10 years off my life. I didn’t realise the impact it had on my life until I got it sorted.”

Addressing listeners, the 45-year-old stressed that the problem needs to be discussed more, to rid it of stigma.

“Will yiz all stop talking about how sensitive it is and just talk about it. Talk about it! Let it all out!” she said.

A new UK study, conducted by Always Discreet – revolutionary products for bladder leak protection – reveals the real impact of Adult Incontinence (AI) on the daily lives of over 3.5 million women.
The results found nearly half  (42%) say they feel older than they really are as a direct result of their condition, 42% feel less attractive or feminine and 44% say they can’t remember the last time they had sex.
The brand wants to help give these women a voice by inviting them to share their stories.


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