Q.What is Pelvic Floor Dysfunction?

A. When the pelvic floor is not doing it's job properly.

The pelvic floor is designed to provide support for your pelvic organs, help control intra abdominal pressure, control your urine and bowel movements, and help provide pleasure during sexual intercourse.

Signs and symptoms of pelvic floor dysfunction:

  • accidentally leaking urine (or faeces) when you exercise, laugh, cough or sneeze

  • needing to get to the toilet in a hurry or not making it there in time

  • constantly needing to go to the toilet

  • finding it difficult to empty your bladder or bowel

  • accidentally losing control of your bladder or bowel

  • accidentally passing wind

  • a prolapse

    • in women, this may be felt as a bulge in the vagina or a feeling of heaviness, discomfort, pulling, dragging or dropping

    • in men, this may be felt as a bulge in the rectum or a feeling of needing to use their bowels but not actually needing to go

  • pain in your pelvic area, or

  • painful sex

(Source: www.pelvicfloorfirst.org.au)

The Weak Pelvic Floor

There are many reasons for a weak pelvic floor. Here are the most common:

•   Pregnancy and childbirth

•   Surgery and other medical procedures

•   Posture and Habits

•   Lack of exercise

FACT: If you have a weak pelvic floor, exercises will help!

I encourage all of my postnatal clients to see a Women’s Health Physiotherapists and together we work jointly, with me providing the strength and conditioning piece to support the integration of daily functional tasks, motherhood movements patterns, sports, gym, weight lifting, skipping, bootcamp, jumping and running.

If you've had a baby and are keen to exercise, but not sure where to start call me and I can give you a list of Women's Health Physiotherapist, or better still, join our Intensive Core and Pelvic Floor Restore Exercise Program and meet Women's Health Physiotherapists, Lara Diepeveen of Mercy Physiotherapy SJOG Hospital and Kate Fosdike Life Ready Physiotherapy.  Our Women's Health Physiotherapist will be provide a very information talk and realtime ultrasound at our first class that will be invaluable for a new mums!

Early Bird Offer Available : Intensive Core and Pelvic Floor Restore Exercise Program -

Classes held at the Leederville Community Centre, Leederville (set between the Leederville Recreation Centre and Leederville Library.