Women: get to know your pelvic floor. You can’t see them, but your pelvic floor muscles are working hard to help your body with bladder and bowel control, sexual function, and abdominal (tummy) and spine support.
Are you experiencing leakage during exercise? It could be that the pelvic floor muscles aren’t supportive enough during the landing phase, the muscles get too tired, or the other tissues supporting the bladder and other pelvic organs (ligaments and fascia) are too lax.
Janie Thompson is the Continence Foundation of Australia’s Clinical Services Manager, leading the National Continence Helpline. In this Helpline Q&A, Janie answers three key questions about mental health and bladder, bowel and pelvic health.
One day at a time’: Sarah’s story of spinal cord injury. Sarah Wise’s time living abroad in London was cut short after a serious fall in October 2019. Over a year on, she reflects on what she’s learned and what she wants the world to know about spinal cord injury.
What Australia-wide water bill savings would mean for people with incontinence. The Western Australia water provider led the way in supporting people with incontinence, now it’s time for all of Australia to do the same.
Pelvic health through life: pregnancy and childbirth. As you go through life, your body changes with you. Read to find out how significant life events can mean different things for bladder, bowel and pelvic health.
This International Women’s Day (8 March 2021), we celebrate the achievements of women around the world. The day is also a chance to raise awareness and come together for women’s equality. Get involved at the IWD website and #IWD2021 hashtag on social media.
With 6.2 million Australians set to be affected by incontinence by 2030, the Continence Foundation of Australia is saddened that the Royal Commission into Aged Care Quality and Safety barely rated the need for specialised continence support, education and training in its Final Report.
Many women experience pain during sexual intercourse. Physiotherapist Lissy Changuion explains how the pelvic floor can play a factor in sexual function and shares her advice if you’re experiencing pain.
In a year in which we saw unprecedented change to health care both here in Australia, and across the world, it is no surprise to find there was a drastic change in the way in which Australians accessed their health services and products.
When it’s hot or you’re exercising, your body will react to the heat by sweating. Sweat makes your skin moist or wet and then helps you cool down when it evaporates (changes from liquid to gas). This also means you’re losing water from your body.
Last Updated: Thu 12, Aug 2021
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The vision of the Continence Foundation of Australia is an Australian community free of the stigma and restrictions of incontinence.