Have you ever laughed so much you wet yourself – just a little bit?
Or found yourself crossing your legs on the doorstep frantically searching for your keys? Do you get up at night to go to the toilet more than once?
An estimated 200 million people around the world suffer from some form of urinary incontinence. It’s an embarrassing problem that affects women disproportionately as a result of pregnancy and childbirth.
In The Pelvic Floor Bible, Jane Simpson argues that it’s time for us all to feel the squeeze and celebrate the wonder of our pelvic floor muscles. She shows you how to incorporate pelvic floor exercises as part of your daily routine in order to prevent issues in later life and cure existing problems now. Learn how to treat common problems such as stress incontinence, overactive bladder and prolapse, get back into shape post-pregnancy and enjoy a healthy sex life at every stage of your life.
Incontinence is both preventable and curable through pelvic floor exercises and rehabilitation but too many people assume nothing can be done, follow incorrect advice or are ashamed to seek help. We need to end the taboo now.
In the show today we discuss:
- twice as many women as men have pelvic floor dysfunction
- unfortunately still a taboo subject and women suffer in silence
- incontinence is not just for old people
- pelvic floor dysfunction is not normal and is curable
- we can train our pelvic floor to work properly and stop incontinence
- most common is stress urge incontinence (SUI)
- next overactive bladder, urinary urge incontinence (UUI)
- vaginal prolapse
- non-surgical tools and gadgets can help: vaginal pessaries, apps, elvie trainer (biofeedback tool), vaginal weights, electrical stimulation
- tailored approach for each women that are doable, use the correct muscles and are done often enough
- understanding the complications with surgery
- menopause can make this worse, due to lack of vaginal estrogen
- sex lives can be restored with the right treatment
- women empower one another by making this a normal conversation
- advice for speaking to your GP
- read The Pelvic Floor Bible as a useful guide