Incontinence is a common condition affecting nearly 50% of all women throughout their lives. Despite this being so common, most women do not seek help due to embarrassment or the belief that incontinence is a natural consequence of aging or childbirth.
Incontinence is a term used to describe involuntary loss of urine from the bladder or faeces or wind from the bowel. The two most common forms are stress and urge incontinence. Many people associate incontinence with menopause and childbirth however other risk factors include neurological conditions, participation in repetitive high-impact sport and chronic respiratory conditions.
Although common, incontinence is by no means normal and should be treated by consulting your GP or Women's Health Physiotherapist. The type and severity dictate the method of treatment which can include a combination of lifestyle/behaviour modifications, physiotherapy to strengthen or better control your pelvic floor muscles, medication and possibly surgery.
If you are having issues with incontinence, pelvic pain or are pre/post natal and needing some exercise advice, I am happy to assist you.
This was first published in Loving Nundah magazine.