1 in 3 women who have given birth experience some form of incontinence and 1 in 100 adults never achieve bladder control at night
Types of bladder and bowel problems
There are a few different types of bladder control problems, the first step is identifying which type you may be experiencing. The type of bladder problems are:
Additionally, there are a few different types of bowel control problems, these are:
Prevention and treatment
So, what is the pelvic floor?
The pelvic floor is a layer of muscles that support the pelvic organs. These layers stretch like a hammock from the tailbone at the back to the pubic bone in the front. A women’s pelvic floor supports her bladder, womb (uterus) and bowel, and a man’s pelvic floor supports his bladder and bowel.
Having strong pelvic floor and abdominal muscles gives you control over your bladder and bowel. A weakened pelvic floor leads to difficulty controlling the release or urine, bowel motions and wind.
Having a strong pelvic floor musculature is particularly important in pregnant women as it will support the body to cope with the growing weight of the baby. Pelvic floor muscles are also important for sexual function in both men and women. In men, it is important for erectile function and ejaculation, in women it contributes to sexual sensation and arousal.
To prevent and treat incontinence you first need to learn which muscles are the pelvic floor and how to train them. Its very important to identify your pelvic floor muscles correctly before moving into a regular pelvic floor muscle exercise program. Pelvic floor physiotherapy has been shown to reduce the indication needed for incontinence surgery, leads to a decrease risk of prolapse and improves sexual function. Our women’s health physiotherapist Laura can assess your pelvic floor function and tailor an exercise program to meet your specific needs. She can also prescribe other treatment options and discuss relevant lifestyle factors with you.
Book an appointment with our women’s health physiotherapist Laura if you notice any of these changes occurring. It is important to know that you don’t need to experience it alone and there are treatment options available.