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January 16, 2021

Urinary Incontinence: The Last Taboo In Our Society

with podcast guest

Luce Brett

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Luce Brett is the charming and hilarious author of the book PMSL: Or How I Literally Pissed Myself Laughing and Survived the Last Taboo to Tell the Tale. She started writing about women’s health, bodies, and taboo after the birth of her second baby. Like many women born in an analog age, her sex and body education was a combined effort – she learned about her nether regions from magazines, other peoples’ big sisters, and Tampax leaflets. Luce hopes to draw attention to the unspoken, sometimes funny, sometimes heartbreaking reality of continence problems and that it will help other women, and men, everywhere, who are leaky and feel alone like she did.

Today we’re talking about another topic for the first time on the show – urinary incontinence. In this episode, Luce shares everything you need to know about this medical problem that is much more prevalent than we might think – in fact, it affects one in three women! Luce also talks about how her births contributed to her incontinence, the mental and emotional toll of this condition, the problems it creates in intimate relationships, how she’s been able to address it through various modalities, and so much more!

Highlights

  • How Luce’s disempowering experience after childbirth led to her writing PMSL
  • Some of the radical imagery Luce included in PMSL
  • How shame and fear are leading many of us to be misinformed about our bodies
  • The complex reasons why we still see incontinence as an unmentionable taboo
  • Incontinence in younger women and the compounding social issues it causes
  • Breaking the myth that incontinence only results from issues around childbirth
  • Luce’s journey with incontinence and treatment
  • How a stuck pessary on Christmas Eve led Luce down a rabbit hole of knowledge
  • Increased accessibility to information and self-empowerment in recent years
  • Why we need to stop neglecting our pelvic floors
  • The connection between pelvic floor physical therapy and your sex life
  • How incontinence takes a toll on relationships
  • What you can do if you experience incontinence

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