Many women have trouble controlling their bladder. Maybe you leak urine or wet yourself when you laugh, sneeze or cough. Sometimes it can happen when you are exercising or lifting such as picking up child or bags of groceries. Maybe you find it happens if you are in hurry to get to the toilet like when you are putting the key into the door after being out. Or sometimes you just feel the urge to go to the toilet more frequently than normal and know the location of all the public toilet locations in your local area.
You are not alone. These are common symptoms of incontinence and these symptoms can vary from mild to severe and they can impact on your daily life. You don’t have to be old to suffer incontinence.
Many women like you, put up with these symptoms, many “too embarrassed” or “too busy” to seek help. Many women accept these symptoms as being a normal part of a women’s life. But incontinence can be treated and often completely cured.
Incontinence symptoms are most commonly first noticed in women after childbirth. It generally starts because the muscles of your Pelvic Floor that support your bladder, uterus and bowel become stretched, loosened or torn as a consequence of childbirth. The symptoms often start out mild but can progressively worsen with subsequent births, gynaecological surgeries and old age.
This problem is unlikely to go away on its own.
You need to take action; learn how to correctly do pelvic floor exercises, start doing them and adopt some simple lifestyle strategies to regain bladder control.
Ideally, all women should start early, exercising the pelvic floor whilst pregnant and continue after childbirth. Sadly this commonly doesn’t happen. Women get busy, get distracted, forget to do their exercises or have not been taught to do them properly. Many women don’t know if they are doing their exercises properly and often can’t feel any muscles working at all. So a minor problem can progress to a more major problem.
Good news! It’s never too late to start training your bladder and your pelvic floor muscles, even if you have been a little slack over the years. So ladies get started!
Emily Standen is a local physiotherapist who is able to assess your Pelvic Floor muscles and Bladder function and start you on a suitable exercise program. Like any other exercise program it is vital that you know what you doing otherwise you may be doing more harm than good. Jo is able to monitor and progress you through your program.
Book an appointment and find out how to regain control.