There’s a lot to take in when making treatment choices for your bladder, bowel and pelvic health. Remember, it is always your decision to choose the help you would like.
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.
Dr Lori Shore, Senior Clinical Psychologist at Caulfield Hospital Continence Service, shares some of the ways a psychologist can help with the impacts of incontinence
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.
What does prolapse feel like? About half of all women who have had a child have some level of prolapse. Not all have symptoms – we know one in five of these women seek medical help.
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.
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.
With 6.2 million Australians set to be affected by incontinence by 2030, the Continence Foundation of Australia’s Pre-Budget Submission calls for an urgent action plan.
There are some simple things you can look for to check your bowel habits and function. WHAT ARE BOWEL MOTIONS? Bowel motions are also known as faeces, stools or poo
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.