Ideally this 60 minute assessment would be done between 6 to 12 weeks after having a baby when Liz would check the abdominal muscle gap, do an internal pelvic floor muscle check making sure that women know how to do pelvic floor muscle exercises correctly and advise on returning to exercise and sport. A follow up treatment may be indicated if the muscles are weak and there are any associated problems with bladder or bowel function. Don’t worry, you can bring your new baby.
1 in 3 women and 1 in 10 men suffer from incontinence in one form or another. Treatment is generally a course of 6 to 8 sessions over a 3 month period to strengthen the pelvic floor muscles with a daily exercise programme, sometimes using biofeedback and bladder and/or bowel training.
Women who have a mild degree of prolapse respond well to pelvic floor muscle strengthening even if they are planning to have surgery as stronger muscles give a better result.
If the pelvic floor muscles are weak, muscle strengthening plus bladder training and advice can be very beneficial for men and women.