Why talk Pelvic Health?

3.84 Million Australians suffer the indignity of urinary incontinence

3.1 Million Women and 780,000 Men.

Major impact on physical, emotional and social health and wellbeing.

Consequences: embarrassment, social isolation. Stigma and financial cost.



Normal bladder/bowel control

On average we pass urine 4-6 times during the day and up to twice at night.
Your bladder should easily hold 350-500mls
Normal bowel movements are anywhere from 3 times per day to 3 times per week
The pelvic floor muscles are essential to controlling when we toilet. give us control
Coordinated by the brain and nervous system
Requires mobility and dexterity.


What is Incontinence?

1.Urinary (bladder)

Symptoms of poor bladder and bowel control

Leakage of urine with coughs, sneezes or exercise
Leakage of urine on the way to the toilet
Passing urine frequently
Getting up twice or more over night
Frequent urinary tract infections
Feeling the bladder is not completely empty
Poor urine flow
Straining to get the bladder empty
Rushing to the toilet
Unable to control wind
Wetting the bed when asleep
Leaking of the bowel with/without urge to open the bowel or when passing wind.

Preventing and managing poor bladder and bowel control

Eat well
Drink well
Exercise regularly
Tone up your pelvic floor
Practice good toilet habits

Tone up your pelvic floor

Muscles and fascia
Involved in controlling bladder and bowel continence
Imagine you are trying to tighten or lift your vagina or testicals upwards
Pelvic floor squeeze when experiencing urgency of bladder or bowel
Other strategies: pressure, cross legs, toe curling and distraction

Continence Products

Absorbent pads and pants
Absorbent bed sheets and chair covers
Penile sheath/external catheters
Other products to help toileting (Commodes, bed pans, raised toilet seats).

What should you consider?

The best product is the one that works well, is comfortable and helps you have a normal life.

1.Your individual bowel or bladder control problem
2.Your personal lifestyle
3.Your mobility
4.Supply of products
6.Washing guidelines

Where to seek help

Local doctor/ GP

Qualified continence nurses

Women’s health or pelvic floor physiotherapist 

National Continence Helpline

ph.: 1800330066


Australian Government website for Continence Aids payment Scheme: www.bladderbowel.gov.au

VHAP – Senior Physiotherapist Miche Hansen is passionate about educating and treating clients with pelvic health issues.

If you would like more information or would like to book an appointment with Miche please contact our team by phoning 49 279 190.

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