A reality TV star is raising awareness about a health issue that people are often reluctant to discuss: urinary incontinence.
The private life of Shannon Beador, a star of Bravo TV’s “Real Housewives of Orange County,” has been an open book for years. She’s shared details about her divorce, weight and other personal challenges. Now, she’s getting candid about her leaky bladder, something she’s been mum about for nearly two decades.
In a post on her Instagram account, Beador writes, “If I run, I pee my pants. Does this happen to you? After three kids and going through menopause, my pelvic floor is shot.”
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In interviews with “People,” “Parade” and other publications, Beador says she is discussing her own challenges with urinary incontinence so that other women realize it’s a common and treatable condition.
“Her decision to talk about this publicly is important because it tells women they’re not the only one dealing with this,” says Dr. Eduardo Martinez, an OB-GYN who specializes in urogynecology at Tidelands Health Women’s Center, which has locations in Georgetown and at Holmestown Road in Myrtle Beach. “When someone like this comes out and talks about it, it’s definitely a good thing.”