1 in 3 women experience women’s health problems during their lifetime, from pelvic pain to issues in pregnancy and the menopause. Many tolerate these problems for a long time without seeking help (sometimes up to 10 years or more!).
Our online specialist clinicians can help you whether you are suffering from pregnancy related pains, for instance back pain, pelvic pain, sciatica or with bladder or bowel incontinence.
Urinary incontinence is a fairly common problem. It affects an estimated 20% of people over 40 years old. Bowel incontinence can affect men or women and is categorised as when you have an urgent need to empty your bowel, experience soiling or lose faeces from the bowel. Incontinence can often be treated without drugs or surgery through exercises that improve the strength of your pelvic floor muscles. One of the main causes of incontinence in both men and women is weak pelvic floor muscles. If your incontinence is due to a weak pelvic floor, try physiotherapy first to strengthen these muscles before considering an operation. Physiotherapy can help with both bladder and bowel incontinence. Research has shown that pelvic floor muscle training is cheaper and more effective than one of the main incontinence drugs. Other research compared non-surgical treatments.
This found that intensive pelvic floor muscle training, plus lifestyle changes, was the most effective method for treating urinary and bowel incontinence.