Women's Pelvic Health

Bladder

Do you leak urine when you cough, sneeze, laugh or exercise?
 
Do you have to rush to the toilet?
 
Do you go to the toilet frequently?

 
Can you believe that 1 in 3 women who have had a baby leak urine and 1 in 5 women have bladder problems??!!  So you are not alone!!  Although common, it is not normal to leak urine and something can be done.
 
Incontinence is an involuntary loss of urine (or wind or stool).  It is often related to weak or poor use of the pelvic floor muscles (Kegel muscles).  Urinary incontinence may also be due to an overactive bladder.
 

Common Symptoms:

  • Leaking urine when you cough, sneeze, laugh or exercise

  • Having to rush to the toilet because of an overwhelming urge to pass urine

  • Leaking urine on the way to the toilet

  • Having to pass urine frequently

  • Having to wake up at night several times to pass urine

  • Feeling like you haven’t fully emptied you bladder or returning again soon after urinating

  • Difficulty starting to pass urine or having to strain to empty your bladder

 
Possible Causes:

  • Pregnancy or childbirth

  • Weak pelvic floor muscles or over-tight pelvic floor muscles

  • Poor drinking or toileting habits

  • Constipation

  • Chronic cough

  • Obesity

  • Strenuous sports or heavy lifting

  • Ageing and menopause

  • Neurological conditions

 
What can be done?

  • We are specifically trained to make a thorough assessment and design a treatment program to meet your personal needs. 

  • Learn where the pelvic floor muscles are and how to use / relax them

  • Specific exercises will help strengthen the pelvic floor muscles

  • Bladder training will help to control frequency and urgency symptoms

  • Education on how to use these muscles in your daily activities including exercise or at work

  • Advice on preventing further weakness of these muscles

  • Posture correction