What is Urinary incontinence?
Urinary incontinence is unwanted leakage of urine from the bladder. It might occur during activities such as coughing, sneezing or laughing. Certain movements or exercises such as squats, getting up from a chair, or running may cause leakage. Other times a woman may experience urge incontinence whereby there is a strong urge to urinate, but she is unable to make it to the toilet on time.
Why does it happen?
Causes of incontinence include pregnancy, childbirth, menopause, pelvic surgery, ageing (thought it can affect women of all ages), lifestyle factors (such as obesity, smoking), genetic factors, neurological or soft tissue disorders.
Although not life-threatening, it can really affect your quality of life. Participating in sport and exercise or enjoying active play with your children or grandchildren may be off the agenda. Your mental health and self-esteem is affected and possibly your relationships too. You feel distracted and uncomfortable at work or in social situations, and unable to wear your favourite outfit for fear of a leak!
What can be done about it?
Pelvic health physiotherapy helps you to bring the symptoms under control. You can refer yourself to private pelvic health physiotherapy or ask your GP to refer you. Your pelvic health physiotherapist will carry out a thorough assessment, asking lots of questions about the details of your symptoms, lifestyle and other health conditions. They may carry out an internal examination to assess the health and strength of your pelvic floor.
Treatment is likely to include exercises to improve the function of your pelvic floor muscles, advice about managing the leaks in the short term. You will receive lifestyle, diet and fluid advice to help bring the symptoms under control. Everything you discuss with your physiotherapist is completely confidential, and any assessment is only carried out with your ongoing consent.
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