They're more common than we think, so it's time to open up about the body troubles a LOT of us suffer from!
Now spoke to experts about the three body issues which we’re too embarrassed to talk about…
Turns out, one in three women experience light bladder weakness* with one in five of these saying it prevents them from doing something they enjoy. Yup, it shocked us too.
Symptoms include leaking when laughing, coughing or sneezing, going to the toilet more than eight times a day, or more than once during the night. So what can be done?
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Elaine Miller, Women’s Health Physio, explains: ‘Reduce caffeine intake and avoid dehydration as concentrated urine can irritate the bladder.
‘Physiotherapy is very effective, as are pelvic floor exercises.’
Elaine adds: ‘Even if it can’t be cured, it can be managed, through medication or devices. Don’t suffer in silence!’
Irritable Bowel Syndrome
IBS affects around one in five people** at some point in their life, with women being twice as likely to suffer.
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Symptoms include abdominal pain and cramping, diarrhoea, constipation, bloating and an urgent need to go. Shona Wilkinson, Nutritionist at superfooduk.com says that IBS can be triggered by certain foods, like cow’s milk, wheat, gluten, spicy food and chocolate.
‘Keep a diet diary and ask a nutritionist for help with identification. Chew food properly (30 times) and avoid drinking fluids with meals.’ Shona adds: ‘Never eat when you’re in a rush and make sure there’s enough fibre in your diet.’
Not just a teenage problem. In fact, five per cent of women over the age of 25 have acne.
Dr Ross Perry of Cosmedics clinics tells Now: ‘It’s very distressing and can lead to stress and anxiety about going out. It can particularly affect one’s confidence at work.’
So how to cure?
‘Like with most skin conditions they’re ’managed’ rather than ‘cured’. This can be done with medicated creams and prescription medicines as well as laser and skin peel treatments,’ explains
*Survey from lights by TENA **NHS