How healthy is your pelvic floor?
Did you know that 1 in 3 women who have ever had a baby will have trouble with incontinence?
Common signs that can indicate a pelvic floor problem:
Leaking urine with cough, sneeze, lift, laugh or exercise
Needing to get to the toilet in a hurry or not making it there in time
Constantly needling to go to the toilet
Difficulty emptying your bladder or bowel
Post-partum urinary incontinence is suspected to be due to a multifactorial physiological situation, with no single event identified as the major cause.
Contributing factors to post-partum incontinence:
Increased weight on the pelvic floor during pregnancy
Pelvic floor muscle injury during vaginal delivery (correlates with degree of perineal tear)
Large babies delivered vaginally
Difficult vaginal deliveries (e.g. lengthy stage 2, assisted delivery)
Prolapse of the vaginal organs can occur following child birth, but more commonly it can occur many years later, and may not be attributed to the pregnancy or delivery.
Contributing factors to vaginal prolapse:
Weakened pelvic floor due to pregnancy and vaginal delivery, with increased risk following difficult vaginal deliveries or larger babies
If you have trouble with any of the signs listed above, don’t suffer in silence. What can you do about it? Our physiotherapists are trained to assist you in diagnosing the cause of your problem, and then assisting you to recover your pelvic floor health.