Bowel

Are bowel-related problems affecting your lifestyle?

Many women experience problems with their bowel. In fact research indicates it is as many as 1 in 10.

From loss of bowel control and accidentally passing wind to constipation, bowel problems can be very distressing and have an enormous impact on every aspect of your life.

Like bladder problems and prolapse, bowel problems are another example of a silent epidemic because they are very difficult to talk about. Although they shouldn’t, women feel ashamed and therefore suffer in silence, often for far too long.

Possible causes of bowel problems include:

  • Poor diet and/or insufficient fluid intake
  • Constipation
  • Pregnancy and childbirth
  • Menopause and ageing
  • Radiation treatment
  • Heavy lifting
  • Weak pelvic floor muscles

How can we help?

The good news is, bowel problems can be resolved with the right education and a tailored exercise plan and bowel management program.

We teach you how to treat and prevent bowel problems through a combination of simple pelvic floor exercises, tailored to your needs, and correct bowel and fluid intake habits.  We also educate you on how to recognise the symptoms of a weakening pelvic floor so you can manage it at home yourself and maintain a healthy pelvic floor for the rest of your life.

What to expect

You will see one of our Physiotherapists who specialises in women’s pelvic health. She will begin by asking you a series of questions about your bowel habits to obtain a detailed history.

This will be followed by an internal examination to assess the strength of your pelvic floor. It may also include an anal examination to rule out any other problems.

You will then be given an easy to follow pelvic floor exercise program designed specifically for you as well as instruction in how to effectively empty your bowel and improve stool consistency long term for better bowel health.

Stop suffering in silence. Contact us to make an appointment for a one-on-one consultation and assessment today.

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1 in 10

The number of women who experience poor bowel control