‘You feel so sexless and dirty’: the women living with incontinence after childbirth

One in three women have trouble controlling their bladders or bowels after giving birth. Others must deal with tearing or prolapses. And when help is available, it’s often too little, too late.

After childbirth there is a lot of focus on the baby – and rightly so… “But we also need to think about the mother, especially given pelvic problems are not always readily apparent after delivery.” Undetected or mild birth trauma can escalate into more serious conditions as women age.

According to Julie Cornish, colorectal consultant at the Cardiff and Vale University Health Board and vice-president of the MASIC Foundation – a charity that supports women who have been severely injured during childbirth – research shows that one in five women develop problems controlling their bowels in the first five years after giving birth vaginally.

Link to full Guardian Article:

>> https://www.theguardian.com/society/2022/apr/07/it-seems-if-you-have-a-baby-you-should-expect-to-be-in-pain-the-women-living-with-postpartum-incontinence <<


Looking for support?

There is support available if you need it, don’t suffer in silence and don’t be afraid to ask for help and advice.

MASIC can help you over come the physical and emotional trauma you may have experienced during and after child birth. We can support you and guide you to helpful resources, all you need to do is get in touch.

Not sure where to start?

Please call the MASIC 24h freephone Birth Injury Support Helpline 0808 1640 8333

The stats speak for themselves.
More women are affected and need support…


of women with severe birth injury said it impacted on their relationship with their child


were affected by traumatic memories of the birth


stated they were embarrassed by the symptoms of their injury


of women affected said they doubted their ability to mother


suffered postnatal depression as a result of their injury


of women affected regretted having a child because of the injuries sustained