Up to 1 in 3 women in Ireland suffer from some form of urinary incontinence.
– Stress incontinence is urine leaking on an activity that increases intra-abdominal pressure such as coughing, sneezing, laughing, lifting, or exercising.
– Urge incontinence can also be called an overactive bladder. You may feel the feeling of urgency to rush to the toilet, with some leaking; urinating more often than usual; waking more than once a night to urinate and leaking urine while asleep.
There are many different causes of urinary incontinence, and the great news is pelvic health physiotherapy is the first line of treatment for incontinence (NICE Guidelines) Depending on the type of urinary incontinence you are experiencing your specialist pelvic health physiotherapist might:
- provide advice regarding specific lifestyle changes
- provide education regarding good bladder and bowel habits
- ask you to complete a bladder diary to help to determine if bladder retraining is necessary. In particular women with urge incontinence may need to learn urge suppression with control techniques to reduce the sensation of urgency. You may also need to void at specific intervals to train the bladder to give correct signals of fullness.
- provide you with a personalised exercise program that will help keep your bowel empty
- recommend that you use weights, support pessaries, electrical stimulation, or biofeedback, in addition to your other methods of management