Urinary Incontinence in Women
It is not uncommon to find women who have had no pelvic floor issues approach menopause and find the suddenly have difficulty controlling their bladder.
Bladder leakage is NOT a normal part of ageing
Why is this occurring?
- Hormonal Changes occurring with Menopause
- Natural process of ageing cause muscles to weaken
- Pregnancy and Childbirth
- Weight gain
- Repeated heavy lifting
- Excessive exercise engaging in abdominal muscles
- Holding tension in pelvic floor muscles as a stress response
- Constipation and straining
What are the signs and symptoms?
- Leaking urine when you cough, sneeze, lift, laugh or exercise
- Feel an urgent need to empty your bladder often which may be associated with triggers such as key in the door, running water
- Urine leakage after going to the toilet
- Feeling of incomplete emptying of the bladder
- Increased frequency of urination
How can we help?
First line treatment for urinary incontinence is a supervised pelvic floor program which has been shown to significantly reduce or cure bladder leakage in many cases.
A comprehensive analysis of your bladder habits including frequency, intake, output and urge sensitivity ensures that bladder training is individualised for your condition. General advice of just try an “hold on” is often not useful and in some cases, can be detrimental.
Assessment of bowel function and pelvic organ prolapse is essential in ensuring every aspect of your problem is being addressed.