Woking: 01483 608350
Egham: 01784 605378
Orbit Leisure Centre: 01784 918281

Pelvic Health | Synergy

Shoulder bridge for pelvic health

Pelvic Health – what is normal?

1 in 3 women notice at least one issue associated with Urinary incontinence and Pelvic organ prolapse and it is estimated that 1 in 2 women have a prolapse on examination.

What are Urinary incontinence and Pelvic organ prolapse?

  • Urinary incontinence
    • Stress Urinary Incontinence– this is where a pressure or ‘stress’ on the bladder causes leakage of urine. The common things people report are coughing, laughing, sneezing, lifting something heavy or during exercise.
    • Urge urinary Incontinence – this is urinary leakage that is associated with a strong desire to pass urine. So you get the feeling of needing to go but cannot reach the toilet in time or you have little warning. For some this can start as just feeling urgent to get to the toilet or needing to go more frequently but often over time these women can start to develop leakage as well.
  • Pelvic Organ Prolapse– this is where one of the pelvic organs – the bladder, uterus or rectum start to rest lower in the vagina – this is often felt as heaviness or a bulge in the vagina. Some people can physically see or feel a lump but for many others nothing can be seen it is just an awareness of not feeling comfortable or being more open at the vagina.

However due to how common both urinary incontinence and pelvic organ prolapse are has led to many women being led to believe these issues are ‘normal’ and therefore often they do not address them straight away or even at all. These symptoms should not be ignored and should not be something you have to put up with – they can be improved by specialist women’s health physiotherapy.

Here are the things to look out for that are common in women but not normal or something we have to put up with:

  • Having to rush to the toilet to pass urine – we should be able to hold on at least 20-30 minutes from when we get the sensation of needing to wee
  • Having to plan your journey around where the next toilet is or even avoiding trips completely because of your bladder
  • Getting any leakage of urine – whether this be due to stress or urge incontinence
  • The feeling of frequently having to go to the toilet – it is normal to pass urine between 5-7 times per day and 0-1 in the night.
  • Feeling uncomfortable or heavy in the vagina. Some people say it can feel like something is falling down in the vagina – this is often intermittent and more noticeable when you’ve been on your feet a long time or doing something more physical like lifting or exercising
  • Pain or feeling you might leak urine when you have sex

We can assess all of these symptoms and more. Women’s health physiotherapy can provide you with treatment to improve these but you need the right diagnosis by someone who knows how to assess you and what to look out for.

If you do this the advantages are:

  • Not having to worry about where the next toilet is or change your plans because of your bladder
  • Not having to wear liners or pads for urinary leakage
  • Being able to continue with exercise comfortably
  • Not having to limit or watch what you are drinking in case you need to wee
  • Not having to cross your legs each time you cough / sneeze or laugh
  • Not have to worry that the heaviness in the vagina is getting worse

It might be you have had these issues for a long time, have just started to notice them, or that this advice has helped you realise that you do have some of these problems but hadn’t realised they were not normal until now. Whichever it might be the sooner you act the quicker and easier things are to improve but it is never too late, I have seen and helped women from age 16 to 90+.

Here are some of the common things that contribute to urinary incontinence, prolapse and needing to go to toilet frequently:

  • Weak pelvic floor muscles – these muscles need the right amount of strength to support the whole vagina and the neck of the bladder
  • Poor co-ordination of the pelvic floor muscles- these muscles need to be able to work at the right time and the right speed
  • Certain drinks – the main culprits here are caffeine and fizzy drinks
  • Habits that we have developed over time about going to the toilet
  • Particular exercises – these can be different for each person but are often linked to high impact exercise such as running or jumping or exercises such as sit-ups.
  • Constipation- this can make the bladder and any prolapse worse but can be changed no matter how long you have suffered with it.

It is important to understand that all of these things listed above are things that can be improved with specialist women’s health physiotherapy.

Often people get incorrect or incomplete advice and so things never improve or they give up as they see no change in their problems after seeing someone about it, however women start to improve quickly with the correct diagnosis and tailored treatment.

Date Posted

May 13th, 2023



No comments

Book with Us Today!

Whether it’s pain caused by injury, tight/sprained muscles or recovery from surgery, we can get you back to full health.

Woking: 01483 608350
Egham: 01784 605378
Orbit Leisure Centre: 01784 918281