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Pelvic health

Pelvic health

Pelvic health problems are very common and affect men and women of all ages. Pelvic floor dysfunction can be caused by:

  • pregnancy and childbirth
  • being overweight
  • gynecological surgery, e.g. a hysterectomy
  • menopause
  • chronic constipation
  • chronic respiratory conditions
  • medication
  • smoking.

Symptoms include:

  • urinary urgency and leakage
  • bowel leakage or difficulty holding wind
  • difficulty emptying your bladder or bowel
  • pain related to sex
  • pelvic pain in pregnancy and post delivery
  • vaginal or pelvic bulge

The good news is that treatment can help up to 80% of patients.

Pelvic health physiotherapy is a field of physiotherapy which treats musculoskeletal conditions involving the pelvis and the pelvic floor to help improve your symptoms and mange your condition.

Further information is provided in the links below, including how physiotherapy can help: