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Four in 10 women say they suffer from bladder leaks and have to plan their day around toilet stops

FOUR in 10 women admit to suffering from bladder leaks – and have to plan their day around toilet stops and wardrobe changes.

And a massive 83 percent of those who have experienced such problems say they had endured menopausal changes.

Four in 10 women admit to suffering with bladder leaks
Four in 10 women admit to suffering from bladder leaksCredit: Getty

Sadly, about 43 percent of the women admit their incontinence has got worse since menopause began, a study found.

It comes as almost 40 percent wish bladder leaks were a more talked about symptom of menopause.

Despite this, 56 percent of women are embarrassed to discuss their personal issues while 65 percent would prefer to suffer in silence.

Incredibly, half of the women may experience bladder leaks during menopause.

But just over half have no idea they are a sign of menopause.

And because of a lack of education on how to prevent or manage bladder leaks, seven in 10 sufferers said they are affected every day.

This stops women from doing normal things, including laughing too hard, having sex, and going to the gym.

Nearly half even admitted they’re afraid to drink fluids through fear of leaking during the day.

Despite this, 65 percent believe it is important to talk more openly about bladder leaks in order to break the taboo.

The poll of 2,000 women was conducted by OnePoll for Always Discreet to lift the lid on bladder leaks during menopause.

The sensitive bladder product brand has partnered with TV personality Ulrika Jonsson to raise awareness of the issue.

The Sun columnist said: “I was stunned to realize that bladder leaks are so common for women during menopause – I didn’t realize the link between the two since no one is talking about it.

“Having experienced them after childbirth, I understand the impact they can take on your confidence.”

Emma Gerrard, the spokesperson for the brand, said: “Half of the women going through menopause may experience bladder leaks – and no one is talking about that.

“They end up feeling surprised, alienated, embarrassed; we believe the first step to managing it, is learning about it.”

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