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Bowel Dysfunction

Bowel Dysfunction

Problems related to bowel movements, constipation and/or loss of bowel control can affect people of all ages, both men and women, and may have a considerable impact on everyday life. Normal bowel movements range from three times a day to three times a week. Common problems include constipation; difficulty emptying well or wiping clean; urgency resulting in a rush to the toilet and perhaps a bowel accident; soiling in the underwear that you weren’t aware of or felt any warning about; or excessive wind that is difficult to control. Continue reading

Pelvic Organ Prolapse

Pelvic Organ Prolapse

What is a prolapse?

You have been diagnosed with a pelvic organ prolapse, or perhaps more specifically a cystocoele (bladder), rectocoele (lower bowel) or uterine prolapse. A prolapse occurs when one, or a combination, of the pelvic organs lose their normal support and move out of position to sit lower in the vaginal canal. It may be mild, moderate, or more severe and can cause some discomfort or bladder & bowel symptoms. Continue reading

Bladder Dysfunction

Bladder Dysfunction

The bladder muscle is a balloon-like structure that holds urine. It expands to fill and contracts when it is ready to empty, this sends a signal to the brain via our nerves and spinal cord and gives the sensation of needing to ‘go’.

The average adult empties the bladder 6 to 8 times in the day and up to once at night. As we age it may be considered normal to wake up more than once in the night to urinate. Continue reading

Pregnancy-related Pelvic Girdle Pain or Lower Back Pain

Pregnancy-related Pelvic Girdle Pain or Lower Back Pain

At least 1 in 5 mums-to-be will experience pelvic girdle pain (PGP) or back pain during their pregnancy. Pain and discomfort may be felt over the lower back, bottom, groin, inner thighs and hips. It may be right on the pubic joint at the front or go into the legs and feel like sciatica.

This can happen due to changes in your posture, weight and centre of gravity during pregnancy. Having a previous history of lower back pain, pelvic pain or pregnancy-related pain does increase your risk, unfortunately, as does being overweight or being in a physically demanding job. Continue reading