Pelvic floor dysfunction is common amongst women and can lead to a variety of problems - Follow the links below to get more information and useful advice:
The pelvic health team have put together a presentation on Urinary Incontinence that you can read through here
And this is a leaflet version - Pelvic Floor Exercises For Women. Many women find it difficult to remember to do their pelvic floor exercises. Using an app such as Squeezy can help, as you can set reminders at times that suit your daily routine.
Pelvic floor dysfunction and constipation may contribute to difficulty emptying the bladder and/or bowels. The information below may be helpful:
The pelvic health team have put together a presentation on Pelvic Organ Prolapse that you can read through here
A pelvic organ prolapse is a common condition that involves one or more of the pelvic organs bulging down in to the vagina - Pelvic Organ Prolapse
This leaflet explains how to help to reduce prolapse symptoms - Pelvic Organ Prolapse – Management and Advice
Pelvic Organ Prolapse - This booklet is written by the POGP (Pelvic, Obstetric and Gynaecological Physiotherapy), a UK based Physiotherapy Professional Network affiliated to the Chartered Society of Physiotherapy, for women who know they have or feel they might have symptoms associated with a pelvic organ prolapse
Strengthening weak pelvic floor muscles can help to prevent or reduce pelvic organ prolapse symptoms. They can be strengthened by doing regular pelvic floor muscle exercises.
Pain during and/or after sex is known as dyspareunia - Dyspareunia – Pain with Intercourse
Taking care of the vulval (genital area) skin is important - Care of Vulval Skin
We see many women who have been referred to physiotherapy due to symptoms of persistent (also known as chronic) pelvic pain. These can include bladder pain syndrome (interstitial cystitis), chronic pelvic pain and vulvodynia:
The ‘Education Programmes for Patients’ offer self-management health and wellbeing 6 week courses, including one focused on chronic pain. Participants need to self-refer (the form is on website below). The website also has some video relaxation sessions, and other resources.
Aneurin Bevan University Health Board and partners have developed the ‘melo’ website to look after the mental wellbeing of its residents. Melo can help you to develop new skills that will support you when life is difficult.