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I wanted to talk about something today that isn’t particularly the most sexy subject, in fact, it’s something we’re really reluctant to talk about. It’s a bit awkward, embarrassing and I may even mention the word poo at some point – ooh, I just did. And even though words like ‘PUBERTY’ and ‘SPERM’ make Dexter die a thousand deaths inside – he is 12 after all – it’s neither of those topics. Today (Matthew), I’m going to talk about …. *drumroll* … digestive health.


When I was in my 20s, I suffered quite badly from IBS – Irritable Bowel Syndrome – except I didn’t know what it was at the time. I just knew that my, ahem, bathroom habits were uncomfortable and painful and I was too embarrassed to talk to anyone about it. I also had/have endometriosis, and suffered in silence for seven years thinking that it was ‘just’ IBS. Combine the two issues together, and I’m amazed I kept it together as well as I did. I was a young mum, I worked full-time in London and I was married … and in a lot of pain for years.


Fast forward 20 years and I’m a single, 46-year-old mother of two, and even though I’m still not a fan of going to the Dr – it’s all just time and effort I often don’t have – I don’t ever want to be in that position again, so I get everything checked out now at the first sign of pain.


If I had my youth over again, oh the things I would do differently. (Not get married aged 20 for one …) but that aside, to deal with my IBS, or any medical issues I went through, I’d ask for help a lot quicker and a great place to start would be my pharmacy for over the counter medicines. I know there are a lot more products now that deal with issues such as IBS, but there were some back then too, I just couldn’t face that awkward conversation:


Me:                  Hi. I’ve got terrible wind, I fluctuate between having diarrhoea and constipation and I have a really attractive swollen stomach. Can you help?

Pharmacist:     Yes. Take these pills.

Me:                  Oh. Erm. That was easy. Cheers.


I’m an idiot. Why didn’t I just ask for help?! For those five seconds of embarrassment.


I guess what I’m trying to say is that yes, it’s embarrassing, even as a middle-aged woman, but don’t suffer in silence. There’s help out there and it’s dead easy to access – IMODIUM SUPPORT AND ADVICE – you’re all in the same boat, so there’s no need to be shy. Just get it sorted I say. There are plenty of treatments for lots of every day conditions so do as I say, not as I did, and get anything and everything checked out ASAP – that’s a (loving and friendly) order.


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Published by Kate Sutton

Writer, Mother, Dater.

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  1. It’s so true that you have to get these things checked out but with this kind of subject not being talked about in usual daily chatter, it’s hard to know what constitutes ‘normal’ discomfort. Your blog post should help others suffering to have the confidence to seek help. Well done on braving your embarrassment for your solution!
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  2. It’s so important to ask for help with these things but I do think in our younger years – especially before kids – it can be just so embarrassing and so many people just suffer in silence. Hopefully talking about it will help more people to follow suit x

  3. Hear hear! It’s so important to talk about this kind of thing. There shouldn’t be any embarrassment around it at all x

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