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Dr Dawn:

Bladder problems seem to be a very frequent complaint on the Embarrassing Bodies website and lots of your are mentioning that you leak urine when you cough or sneeze after having had a baby. This is a common problem; millions of women in the UK are suffering with you. It’s important that you speak to your midwife or your physiotherapist about how you do pelvic floor exercises regularly and really strengthen the muscles that support your bladder. You pelvic floor muscles are like any other. If you don’t use them you will lose them.

And a question here from a 21 year old man who says when he has the urge to wee he has to get to the toilet straight away otherwise he will leak and this sounds like something called an overactive bladder where the muscle lining of the bladder contracts uncontrollably giving you very little warning. Pelvic floor exercises can help this condition but there are also lots of medicines available on prescription, so speak to your GP.

And a question here from a lady who has had four children and now notices that she has a bulge in her vagina, which sounds like a prolapse, and you want to know will pelvic floor exercises make that better. Unfortunately, pelvic floor exercises will prevent it from getting worse but once you’ve actually developed a prolapse the exercises on their own can’t cure it and you may want to chat to your GP about a referral to a gynaecologist to discuss surgery.

Several of you are concerned that you tend to leak urine during sex. That’s actually a very common problem and it’s generally down to a weak pelvic floor. So, get exercising those pelvic floor muscles.

And some of you say that despite doing your pelvic floor exercises you’re still struggling with incontinence. Pelvic floor exercises, if done properly and persistently, will cure about three quarters of cases of stress incontinence. But if you’re in that other quarter, go back and talk to your physiotherapist or your continence advisor about other gadgets to help tone your pelvic floor.

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Doctor Responses: Pelvic Floor Problems

Dr Dawn addresses some of the most popular questions about the bladder and urinary issues, all submitted on our condition guide to dealing with a weak pelvic floor.

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Hi I had a full Hysterectomy a year ago these last 2 weeks I am leaking urine all the time why is it





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I am 37 years old.recently I had pelvic floor surgery but it not success and I have same problem.what should I do





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I'm 14 and I dribble! I'm so sick of it

I am a women and suffring pelvic bone prolem from years. So many treatments done but still in pain. Everyday think to finish myself but still hope. May be you help me. Using prob for last three years. Plz help me. So much swelling on my body and specially pain and swelling in Vigina. So much inflammation in all my body. Plz help me.

I have found when I need to have a wee I have to go there and then,no time to think yeh I'll go in a minute, if I don't go the minute I feel the need to it has ended up being very embarrassing with me well not getting there on time on a few occasions please help.





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I am using the pelvic toner twice a day and doing kegals during the day I have gone up to two springs but can't seem to close it with two not like with just one I have been using it for a few months I do get stress incontinence and it has affected my sex life where there is no friction do you think I should opt for vagionaplasty or just persevere I think it has improved but still a long way to go can you ever regain your pelvic tone I am 56 years old and I have had 4 natural births





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Hi , I have been to doctors because I have to wear a pad every day because when I laugh , sneeze , shout or have intercourse or run or jump I leak and sometimes its alot . They sent me away saying alotof wwomen suffer from this and to continue pelvic floor . Its depressing and embarrassing . I am 38 and would love to play catch with daughters or race my husband but I cant cause I wet ! I can get dressed apply make up sneeze doing mascara and have to start all over again . What do you do if doctor doesn't help ??





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see a different doctor. I recently had a bladder prolapse because of weak pelvic floor muscles (I've had five natural births)and I have quite severe stress incontinence because of it. I wee when I laugh, sneeze, cough- pretty much anything that makes my stomach muscles spasm. I've been referred to a specialist at the hospital to get physiotherapy to strengthen the muscles- haven't been to the appointment yet, but it sounds like its going to be more helpful than the usual- "do pelvic floor exercises" advice you get from gps and midwives. try talking to a different gp and explain how its affecting your day-to-day life, and making normal activities with your family difficult. best of luck. x

I suffer with leaking urine, I am only 23 and have to wear a sanitary towel every day. I don't notice its happening. I have had this since I was about 11 but to embarrassed to see a GP. Any ideas what it could be and how it could be helped? I'm desperate. Don't want to get into a relationship because of it. Thanks





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Hey sweetie my name is Kristen I am 25 and have the same problem as you but mine just recently started two years ago..if your over weight that might trigger it if not your pelvic mussels might be tight like mine go to a gyn doesn't matter if your sexually active or not still get it check u possible need physical theropy also your doctor might put u on anti depressant low dosage like mine did for me don't worry it's not because your depressed lol it's to relax your pelvic mussels.. Hope this helped good luck Kristen!

Hi there, i am 39 and get up 5-7 times in the night to go to the toilet. I have been to the doctor who has completed a full-blood test which confirmed that i do not have diabetes, I had an ultrasound to check my bladder and liver which seemed fine? I have tried not drinking after 3, in case it was fluid intake - nothing works.





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Marjorie, that must be terribly irritating to say the least..You sound like you have a good doctor and he is doing numerous checks for you...Have you ask Doc to be seen by a Specialist perhaps a Urologist?? I to was having issue with water works, and after Urine tests and ultra sound (with a full two litres of water drunk, then hold, very uncomfortable I can assure you), and prescription or medication, they all came up blank. Finally.I got referred to Urologist, and got sorted.. Perhaps that is the type of specialist you need to see??? Just a hunch..?

Hi I'm Portia an 18 yr old girl I want to know what is medicinal foods for weak pelvic muscle Because when I get to remove my dirt on CR ( pupu) I also get urinate and I can"t control the flow of urine And the flow of my urine is painful Only everytime when I go to CR to pupu But not if I go to CR to weeewe





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Hello I have a weak vagainal mussels, can u please advice me which device is the best to strength the mussels , And would u recommend the Kegel8 Ultra Electronic Pelvic Toner Or would the weighted cones have the same results ? Thank you so much for helping





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Is it common to have an overactive bladder after taking antibiotics for a urine infection? or is it likely to be the sign of something else?





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