7 million women suffer incontinence: Now, the UK’s top doctor has revealed her own ordeal to break the most embarrassing taboo of all

06 March 2018

• 7 million UK women suffer urinary incontinence, including Dame Sally Davies
• The condition is ‘more embarrassing than depression or cancer,’ study says
• It’s also estimated to cost the National Health Service over £233 million a year
• Here, a special report investigates the most effective ways to help manage it

‘We women, after we’ve had babies, can be damaged so that we get incontinence and actually — I’ve never gone public about this — after my first child I could only go three yards before I peed my pants.’

These are the words of Dame Sally Davies, England’s chief medical officer, who last week, revealed she’d been virtually housebound for six weeks after the birth of her first daughter Olivia, now 26.

Dame Sally also said that even after all this time the issue was not completely sorted: ‘I’m still not as I would wish to be.’

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