Pelvic Floor Dysfunction
Pelvic floor exercises can help prevent problems with incontinence and prolapse during pregnancy, after the birth and later in life.
The Royal College of Midwives and The Chartered Society of Physiotherapy (July 2013) encourage all pregnant and postnatal women to do these simple exercises. The link at the bottom of the page gives you information on how to do these exercises properly.
If you complete the screening tool ICIQ Form, this will help you decide if you need to refer for a 1:1 assessment with a specialist physiotherapist. If you score more than 10 when you add the totals for questions number 3,4 and 5 we would suggest print, read and complete the self Pelvic Bladder Self Referral Form and send to the physiotherapy department at either Forth Valley Royal Hospital or Stirling Community Hospital Alternately, your GP or midwife can also refer you. In the mean time we would recommend you start some pelvic floor exercises from the leaflet link below.
- Women’s Health Physiotherapy Team, Physio Dept, FVRH, Stirling Road, Larbert. FK5 4WR
- Women’s Health Physiotherapy Team, Physio Dept, SCH, Livilands Road, Stirling. FK8 2AU
For more information from the Charted Society of Physiotherapy about continence before and following pregnancy please click on the links below
- Pelvic floor exercises and video – www.csp.org.uk/publications/pelvic-floor-muscles
- Pelvic floor exercises iPhone ‘squeezy‘ app- Available on Iphone via the App store or on android phones via google play. The App costs £2.99.