Is Incontinence controlling your life?
Does this sound familiar?
- I lose bladder or even bowel control when I laugh, sneeze or cough.
- I avoid certain exercises, like running and jumping, because I lose control.
- I go to the bathroom frequently, sometimes every hour.
- I'm afraid that I won't find a bathroom in time.
- I am not well rested because I wake up a lot at night to go to the bathroom
- I am too embarrassed to talk to my doctor about my symptoms.
There are treatment options to help you manage and treat your symptoms.
Why is this happening?
Changes happen to your body during your lifespan. Pregnancy, aging, menopause, chronic constipation and surgeries (like a hysterectomy or prostatectomy) can impact the health of your pelvic floor and it's ability to provide you with proper bladder and bowel control.
When the pelvic floor looses strength, you can start to experience bladder symptoms like incontinence, urgency and frequency.
You can develop pelvic organ prolapse, a condition that causes your bladder, uterus or rectum to lose support and push against the walls of the vagina. You can have sense a feeling of pressure, like your bottom is falling out. You can have difficulty emptying your bladder or bowel completely when you go to the bathroom.
What is the pelvic floor?
The pelvic floor is a group of muscles, nerves, ligaments and tissues found at the bottom of your pelvis.
Think of of the pelvic floor as a hammock, starting from your pubic bone in the front and attaching to your tailbone at the back.
The pelvic floor holds and supports your internal organs and provides you with bladder and bowel control to prevent incontinence and pelvic organ prolapse.
The pelvic floor is also vital for sexual fuction. Sexual response and the ability to have proper sensations and pain-free intercourse results from a healthy pelvic floor.
What can affect the pelvic floor?
- Pregnancy can cause over-stretching of the pelvic floor.
- Giving birth can damage the pelvic floor structures.
- Constipation causes extra pressure on the pelvic floor and internal orgrans every time you strain.
- Menopause changes the levels of estrogen in your system and can impact bladder control.
- Aging causes muscles to weaken over time. If you don't get into the habit of exercising your pelvic floor muscles, they will weaken!
- Heavy lifting also puts extra pressure on your pelvic floor and internal organs.
- Being overweight can also be a problem and add extra weight to your pelvic floor.
So, what are your options?
You have so many choices to improve the health of your pelvic floor!
Our Pelvic Health Phyisotherapist has the experience and knowledge to help you.
Benefits of Pelvic Floor Therapy
- Be confident that you can leave your house without worrying about your bladder.
- Feel less anxious about socializing with your friends and family.
- Feel less stressed about exercising again.
- Stop worrying about where the bathrooms are.
- Feel more rested from sleeping through the night.
- Learn to control urgency comfortably.
Get help. Take control. Get results.
Call us at 474-4440 to make an appointment today.
Want to find out more? Read our article on Pelvic Floor Health.