From television stars to supermodels, many celebrities are using their public visibility to discuss living with urinary incontinence and encourage open, healthy conversation about the topic. These celebrities are speaking out in solidarity to reinforce that leakage does not discriminate based on age, profession or fame. Rather, millions of people across the United States are living with urinary incontinence for a variety of reasons, including pregnancy, child birth, health conditions, diet, stress levels and more. Check out what these four celebrities have to say about overcoming leakage and regaining their confidence throughout their experiences with incontinence:
Best known for being the fearless leader of the Kardashian-Jenner family, Kris Jenner opened up to her fans about her life with urinary incontinence during an episode of the family’s reality television show, “Keeping up with the Kardashians.” After experiencing light leakage while exercising and laughing, Jenner decided to visit a doctor on camera. According to his observations, Jenner’s doctor concluded that she was experiencing stress incontinence and recommended pelvic exercises to help prevent leakage. The most important thing Jenner asks women with incontinence to remember? “People think they’re the only ones dealing with this. Light bladder leakage is not a big, bad monster, and it’s nothing to be ashamed of,” she said. “Once you prepare yourself, you can laugh and jump and sneeze, and do it with confidence.”
Being a world-renowned supermodel and food author keeps Chrissy Teigen quite busy. But, recently, Teigen added yet another role to her resume — mother of two. Teigen and her husband, singer John Legend, welcomed their second child, a baby boy, this past May. She bravely opened up to the public about not only her struggles with postpartum depression, but also adjusting to postpartum incontinence. “No one told me I would be coming home in diapers, too,” Teigen said earlier this year on Twitter, referring to returning back home after giving birth to her son. However, this is quite common for mothers after giving birth. In fact, up to 50 percent of women experience changes in urinary control during and after pregnancy, according to Roger Goldberg, the director of urogynecology research at the University of Chicago’s NorthShore University HealthSystem. Simply, women experiencing postpartum incontinence are not alone.
Comedian and talk show host Sheryl Underwood wants the world to know she is not ashamed of her urinary incontinence, something she has experienced for over ten years now. According to Underwood, she first noticed her leakage after her partial hysterectomy surgery. Being a young, successful comedian, Underwood needed a solution that could help keep her dry throughout the day, so she turned to incontinence products and hasn’t looked back since. “I wasn’t going to run from [incontinence]. Most people would feel a kind of concern,” she said. “You don’t want to have to worry. Most people would be ashamed. I’m not because this is now a regular part of my life.”
You should never feel alone throughout your experiences with incontinence. There is a warm, embracing community of people who are going through the same thing, from celebrities and business people to stay-at-home parents.