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.
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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