A weak pelvic floor can lead to an involuntary loss of urine, or incontinence. It may only happen occasionally and may only be small amounts, but it can still affect your confidence and stop you doing everyday things such as travelling or taking part in sports.
Women of all ages may suffer from embarrassing urinary incontinence symptoms at some point in their lives. A number of factors can lead to weakened pelvic floor muscles including childbirth, heavy lifting, persistent constipation, a chronic cough or being overweight. It can take some women up to 10 years to seek help for continence problems, either because they are too embarrassed, they don't want to bother their GP or because they think its normal.1 So, if you are among them, you are definitely not alone.
Advantages of pelvic floor treatment
Many women do not realise that a weak pelvic floor may be successfully treated through physiotherapy. In fact, research shows that pelvic floor muscle exercises improve urinary stress incontinence in 79% of patients to the point where they don't need surgery.2
How BMI Healthcare can help
Pelvic floor treatment from BMI Healthcare gives you direct access to a women’s health physiotherapist who can help you to strengthen your pelvic floor and regain control of your bladder.
Reasons to see a BMI women’s health physiotherapist:
- Loss of urine when coughing, sneezing or changing position
- A sudden, strong need to empty your bladder
- Urine leakage if you can’t get to the toilet in time
- Needing to empty your bladder more than 6 or 7 times a day or once or twice at night
- Urine leakage during intercourse
- Difficulty inserting or keeping a tampon in place
How to make an appointment
You can make an appointment directly with a women’s health physiotherapist at a BMI hospital local to you, or ask your GP to refer you if you prefer. You can request to see a female physiotherapist, just ask when booking your appointment. We offer a fixed price for your first two appointments to assess your condition and develop a treatment programme with you. Physiotherapy is then offered in blocks of four sessions. If you do need further treatment, this can be accessed quickly and easily at your local BMI hospital at times arranged to suit you.
1 - NICE Guidelines October 2006.
2 - Bond E, Dorey G, Eckford S, and McDonnell K. (2004). The role of pelvic floor muscle exercises in reducing surgical management in women with stress incontinence: a clinical audit. Journal of the Association of Chartered Physiotherapists in Women’s Health Vol 95, pages 66-70.