Hey, ladies. If you’re currently having sex (not, like, now as you read this, but you know), it might behoove you to know that a new study has found that unfortunately, you are more likely to piss yourself. Of the more than 1,000 16-30 year old women studied (none of whom have ever been pregnant), researchers found that 12.6% of them had incontinence issues. Compare that to a previous study that found that 12% of women the same age with incontinence issues who have given birth. And interestingly enough, it’s specially true if you are not taking birth control pills.
We used to blame this embarrassing habit on pregnant ladies, old people, and children with boogeyman nightmares. But now young, healthy, sex-y women aren’t safe, either. Add that to the list of things that men have easier than women. NOT that I’m keeping score. I certainly don’t want to be the one responsible for carrying air conditioners or fixing sinks!
The nightmare doesn’t even end with the pee. Women with incontinence report feelings of shame, fear, and embarrassment. Surely dates are more stressful — laugh a little too hard over that cocktail and you might be in a pickle. And sleepovers introduce a whole new set of problems. The researchers even found that this could influence a woman’s mental health. Serious stuff.