Are you laughing comfortably?
You may not want to answer that question – you are not alone.
Did you know that one in three women suffer from leakages (of urine) at some point during their life?
And it can be at any age.
This can be due to weakness of the pelvic floor muscles, linked to pregnancy, childbirth or the menopause; so it is easy to understand how widespread the problem is yet because of embarrassment it’s hidden away – a taboo subject.
It is common to have urinary leakage with coughing, sneezing or during exercise and sport.
Urgency or the need to rush to the loo to get there in time can also happen. Also, it is easy to see how sex life may be affected by weakness of these important muscles – another subject difficult to discuss.
The good news is that there is good evidence that exercise for the pelvic floor muscles provides a more safe and effective treatment, though complex conditions may require other avenues.
Many women try but feel they don’t know if they are doing the exercises correctly and soon give up.
The pelvic floor muscles need to work in the right way and the exercises need to be precisely done to be effective so it is best to be taught on an individual basis, and then follow an exercise plan.
As with most things in life worth achieving, time and effort is needed to make a difference.
P.S. Men – you are not entirely exempt from developing problems, although it is less common.
But you also do have a pelvic floor, so would benefit from exercises too.
If you want some more information or assistance please contact Hilary, our pelvic floor specialist on 01254 82313